Sunday, 6 September 2009

Thorough check of outfalls at low tide

Todays German-ringed Med being ringed on the Elbe estuary!
Heysham Obs
This just goes to show that quick scans with a scope from the Ocean Edge end are not enough. A lot of the Meds were on the mudflats between the wooden jetty and Stage one outfall and these are not visible from quick from-the-car-scanning on the north harbour wall or Ocean Edge. Thanks to Mark Prestwood for sorting out last week's green darvic individual (see below) and also confirming the continued presence of the Czech-ringed adult

Ringing recovery
Med Gull
Ringed: Pionierinsel Luhe, Elbe Est, Niedersachen, Germany, Ad F nest 23/5/09
Seen: Knott End, Preesall Sands 6/8-21/8/09 (4 occasions)
Seen: Heysham outfalls 30/8 & 6/9/09

Outfalls area early-mid morning
Arctic Tern - one juv
Common Tern - ad & juv
Med Gull - 5 adult, one 3CY & 4 juv/1st W (see above) - presumably 2 of these ads on Red Nab
Common Gull - 2 juv
Wheatear - 6

North harbour wall
Fulmar - 1
Shag reported

Vis 1025-1050 office area
Grey Wagtail - 3 SE together at 1040
Meadow Pipit - 1SE!
Swallow - 6S

Middleton IE
Tufted Duck - 11 (including 4 juvs)
Raven - pr & 3 young

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