Saturday, 27 March 2010

Obscure bunting trawl just in case

Heysham Obs
Not used to handling spring Reed Buntings, so I assume this is an aberrant female.  Bit small for a male 73mm/16.5g and whitish throated, supercilium shape & position  etc etc.  Went 'tew' on release (phew!).  Any comments via, please.
Red-throated Diver - 4 + 5
Whooper Swan - flock of 12 NW

Meadow Pipit - very low numbers/too high - about 12 NE in a hour
alba Wagtail - 7NE
Goldfinch - 3NE

Chiffchaff - Nature park
Wheatear - male OE
Twite - very high numbers at the feeder - 70-80, but unfortunately dispersed during mid-morning with an increase in wind speed
Green Woodpecker - heard from NR office

Middleton IE
Swallow - one
Greylag - 1
5 Mute Swan, 11 Coot, 6 Moorhen, 9 Mallard, 3 Goldeneye, 5 Little Grebe, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Snipe

Great Grey Shrike Dalton Crags visible from layby