Wednesday 9 June 2010

Baseline birding

Heysham Obs
Always good to start off with zero or nearly zero at the beginning of an assumed build-up of post breeding season gulls - it gives a sense of coverage completeness.  Was half-expecting the first 'autumnal' Med at high tide this morning.  In the event, a scrutiny of Ocean Edge foreshore and Red Nab produced:

Canada Goose - 2
Black-headed Gull - 1
Common Gull - 2
Oystercatcher - 154
plus large gulls

Lesser Whitethroat singing at Ocean Edge entrance

Middleton for a change

Grasshopper Warbler reeling away whilst I moth trapped late evening 8/6/10

A good turn out in slightly windy conditions.
Silver Hook was a good find and miles away from its Silverdale / White Moss stronghold.

3 Shaded Pugs were the first Lancashire records away from HNR in years, albeit in the same tetrad.
3 Elephant Hawks and 2 Poplar Hawks around the light at the same time were a fine sight.
42 species in all.

Late news 4/6/10: Scrobipalpa acuminatella (gen det male) was new for Northern VC60, thanks to Steve Palmer for help with this one.