Saturday, 20 March 2010

Green green grass and a wet Wheatear

Heysham Obs
Bucketful of rain overnight and throughout the morning, commiserations with the coach party walking down the seawall

South of the harbour
Little Egret - one Red Nab (BTO challenge year tick)
Wheatear - one male on the high section of south Ocean Edge at 1000ish
Pied Wagtail - 6 grounded OE foreshore
Meadow Pipit - 3 grounded OE

North wall
Twite - 61 - one Askam-in Furness autumn 2008 bird, just ONE ringed in 2010, 11 unringed, about 35 ringed in autumn 2009 and the rest from various times in spring 2008/winter 2008/9
Linnet - 5 unringed birds with the Twite
Meadow Pipit - 2 grounded on the mound

Middleton IE
No Stonechat
10 Mallard, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Teal, one Water Rail, 4 Mute Swan, 9 Coot, 6 Moorhen

First Hebrew Character of the year.  The difference between coastal sites and mature oak woodland at this time of year = 154 moths of 17 species last night at Millhouses near Wray!

Grey Grey Shrike Dalton Crag - seen (distantly) from Keer Falls road VP, Green-winged Teal new in on the Allen Pool, later elusive on Barrow Scout.  At least one untagged Red Kite in the Dunsop valley