Monday, 27 June 2011

Red-veined reincarnation

Heysham Obs
Heysham NR Obs Tower pond area
Reed Warbler - singing male on and off during the morning was most unexpected from this reedless location - late arrival or early departee?

Middleton model boat pond
Red-veined Darter - almost mature male showing very well mid-afternoon, then disappeared in duller light - seen at rest and over the water to the east of the spit
Darter spp - one, probably an early Common, along the western shoreline
Black-tailed Skimmer - c5
Emperor - 2 males
4-spotted Chaser - 2

Large catch with the highlight being the third & fourth Blackneck for here along with a load of "year-ticks" including Grass Emerald

A migrant Silver Y, one of two seen today, along with a 'barbiehopper'?  Thanks Janet

Hedgehog - 1 dead by Alder Copse boardwalk.

Common Toad - Huge numbers of minute toadlets swarming on the paths below the Obs Tower area.  Great-crested Newt by Middleton model boat pond

Heysham CES
Not particularly brilliant as regards local productivity with the full CES nets and two of the three next to the office producing two juvenile Whitethroat, two juvenile Chiffchaff, one juvenile Willow Warbler and a handful of tits, Robins, Wrens and Dunnock.  Also adult Lesser Whitethroat and the surprise in the form of a juvenile Coal Tit

Ocean Edge
Very quick check on the dropping tide saw an adult Med Gull