Saturday 24 July 2010

Should have been here yesterday

Heysham Obs
Middleton NR CES
The wind was a bit of a problem with one of the CES nets this morning and the catch was rather poor in relation to the number of birds around.  Yesterday would have been much better!   The catch included an unringed adult Grasshopper Warbler, probably a female without a brood patch anymore and implicitly a migrant, 7 Sedge Warbler, 2 each of Blackcap/Willow Warbler/Whitethroat, the first Reed Bunting for quite some time, a young Great Tit from Box 15 on the nearby Heysham NR and a single juvenile Song Thrush-public-relations-exercise

Vis Middleton NR
Racing Pigeon - huge flock of c75-80 SE
Swift - steady southerly passage of 41 birds
Sand Martin - 2 south
Meadow Pipit - very early high southbound migrant

Diamond-back Moth was the only capture of interest other than yet another Dingy Footman