The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Today's breeze came from the NE, still warm and sunny though.
No terns seen/reported today.
Grasshopper warbler - another, or possibly the same as yesterday's bird, in bush to east of woods near Half Moon Bay cafe 09:00. No sign when it was checked later. None singing on Middleton or Heysham reserves.
Sedge Warbler 1 singing Heysham reserve
Middleton Nature Reserve - morning ref Kevin
Lesser Whitethroat 1 singing
Common Whitethroat 1 singing
Both above are the first reported this year
Canada goose 2
Red Nab area - early evening
Little Egret 3 in off the sea
House Martins 2 north
The spring weather has been good for butterflies. At the moment, even a short walk locates one or more of the following: