Thursday, 22 July 2010

First 'autumnal' Garden Warbler

Clouded Border moth at Heysham NR this evening. Thanks Janet

Heysham Obs
Useful when species do not breed anywhere near here as is the case with Garden Warbler - you can identify any movements over and above the local.  This was the first bird caught on an attempted Middleton CES, but the operation soon fell foul of a NE wind which started blowing the nets around to an unacceptable degree as regards the welfare of the birds.

Middleton NR very early morning
Garden Warbler - one ringed
Grasshopper Warbler - one singing regularly, another intermittently
Reed Warbler - 3 singing males
Kingfisher - heard once

A large catch devoid of really interesting macro captures, apart from four Dingy Footman and an (increasingly scarce) Garden Tiger.  However, the micros included a new species for Heysham: Argyresthia curvella and two scarce Heysham area specialities Phtheochroa inopiana and Coleophora trifolii