Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Geese on the move

Heysham Obs
A nice Tundra Bean Goose was found with the Heysham bypass Pink-footed Geese this morning and was still there at 1400hrs - unfortunately outside the recording area (thanks Stuart & also for the record shot above)

Pink-footed Goose
Migratory flocks of 86 at 1125hrs, 136 at 1415hrs & 102 at 1420hrs - all heading high to the north-west in a very limited period of observation - so many could have been missed. Heading off ahead of the weather front was probably part of the strategy, but this is the usual time of year for major movements

Med Gull - two adults around the harbour
Jack Snipe - at least one Ocean Edge foreshore
Twite - 26 north wall feeder at 1415hrs

Turnstone were very scattered on the cross pieces on the wooden jetty (19+) & couldnt see any Purps but plenty of areas which couldnt be seen from the north wall

Ringing by the office
Highlighted by an unringed Wren - very unusual at this time of year. Otherwise the same Long-tailed Tits as the previous post-freeze ringing sessions and a couple of new Chaffinch and Greenfinch along with an ?eight-year old Blue Tit.

Tundra Bean Goose along Heysham bypass. Negative on Smew on Freeman's Pool. Ad Greenland White-fronted Goose with Greylags (& the Snows) by the Eric Morecambe Pool.