Saturday, 7 August 2010

Willow Warblers, Large Yellow Underwings and Silver Ys

Heysham Obs
Grotty weather led to a later start than usual this morning & arrival at the NR office was greeted by a lot of hoo-eting and half-hearted Willow warbler songs.  Two nets were quickly erected by the office and a small catch of 5 Willow Warbler, two Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat & a few Greenfinches and odds and ends was made

Office/tank farm area
Willow Warbler - c25
House Sparrow - 2 in the tank farm
Lesser Whitethroat - at least two
Whitethroat - 2 ringed, no other evidence of any

North harbour wall
Whimbrel - 1
Med Gull - 2 adults, including first definite sighting of Czech-ringed bird this autumn

For here, a significant influx of Large Yellow Underwing (38) plus 11 Silver Y.  Interest was limited, but did include the first Tawny-speckled Pug of the year and another Ypsophola scabrella

Singing adult male Crossbill still at Thrushgill plantation entrance - please dont tape lure- absolutely no need - also 2 others flew towards main plantation (one scruffy Ringlet)