Monday, 31 August 2009

Sanderling & decent Grey Plover flock

Weather watch: Keep an eye on the e.g. XC weather site ("another weather site" on the links). The current synopsis suggests that this week, to put it politely, will be rubbish unless we pick up a nearctic wader or two in the area or a 'one-off' on the outfalls. However, it is a very 'mobile' picture and, if the depression track ends up a little further to the north, we're in business for a few seabirds. Mist nets, significant vis mig and the Grey Wagtail survey definitely on hold. A Monday forecast will be a weekly feature of the autumn passage season from now on

Heysham Obs
Ocean Edge foreshore/outfalls 0930-1030ish, north harbour wall 1040
Med Gull - 2 juvs Stage 2 outfall (& 3 juv Common Gull), no adults at all!
Sanderling - juv Ocean Edge foreshore
Black-tailed Godwit - 5 Red Nab
Grey Plover - 152 on shore south of Ocean Edge
Swallow - 3 south

12 Silver Y but no other sign of any migrants in promising conditions

Juvenile Common Tern Pine Lake (second day)