Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Ferry fare

Heysham Obs
Brief visit to NHW at lunchtime
Twite - none - no obvious food & surface of ground 'scuffed and disturbed'. Plenty of nyger seed put down
Med Gull - 2 adults around ferry - one followed it in from at least No 8 buoy and the other was in the harbour
Purple Sandpiper - two on the wooden jetty - one roosting with Turnstone (c30) on the top of the middle section, the other creeping around the lower cross-pieces of the outer section
Kittiwake - adult distantly behind IOM ferry - peeled off & flew out
Red-throated Diver - 2 offshore (HT)

Red Nab
76 Wigeon
New barrier system in operation at Ocean Edge

3 Heysham-ringed Twite (all three birds) with c150 Linnet in set-aside near Aldcliffe
One Heysham-ringed Twite and three unringed birds at Knott End

Observers: Dan Haywood (Aldcliffe), Chris Batty (Knott End) & Pete Marsh

The 4 European White-fronted Geese are now back at Aldcliffe (from yesterday). DB Brent with Greylags at Bull Beck but not obviously there later on. Waxwing still at Leighton Drive late afternoon. 3000+ Pinkfeet alongside Heysham bypass but difficult to watch safely. One neck-collar but no obvious sign of any other species.