Friday, 1 January 2010

Stunning dot on the winter atlas map

Heysham Obs
Very brief visit late afternoon, with Malcolm covering Middleton IE in the morning. Several targeters around, seemingly limited to Twite & Med Gulls on the north wall. By far the most significant sighting was a DUNNOCK by the entrance gate of the old sandworks - a quite mega winter record for SD36V (indeed anywhere in SD36!!)

North harbour wall
Med Gull - 2 adults (per first-time-visiting birders - thanks)
Twite - 16 - all Heysham ringed, all this autumn apart from 5 which had 2008/9 rings on (i.e. adults!)
Dunnock - one by the entrance gate to the old sandworks
Goldfinch - two unringed birds on the seed

Middleton IE
Mute Swan 2, Moorhen 1, Snipe 1, Woodcock 1, 20 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 95 Pink-footed Geese north

3 Scaup north Morecambe, 13 Whooper Melling, Common Sandpiper/Spotted Redshank Conder, 2 Brambling Brookhouse (see Jean R posting on LDBWS). Short-eared Owl Bank End