Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Mixed bag of odds and ends

Heysham Obs
Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Sandwich tern - 4, including begging juvenile
Med Gull - just one adult

Middleton NR
Another reasonable 60ish birds ringing session but very different to yesterday with the theme being Swallows plus a few wanderers from nearby scrub/woodland and warblers were in short supply compared to yesterday: ['new' birds comprised: 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Treecreeper, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Robin, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 23 Swallow]
Treecreeper - one ringed
Green Woodpecker - one - first for a bit
House Sparrow - two briefly in the western marsh
Garden Warbler - juvenile caught (do not breed locally)
Grasshopper Warbler - unringed adult and juvenile caught
Swift - 14 south
Meadow Pipit - 5 south (very early!)
House Martin - 7 south(ish)
Swallow - c50 seen & about 18 ringed
Reed Warbler - two unringed adults were a bit of a surprise, plus a retrap female with a large brood patch (4-5 breeding pairs here)

Six-striped Rustic & Drinker were new for the year with Grass Emerald the highlight