Tuesday 22 May 2012

Moths, baby shelduck and a trickle of migrants

Heysham Obs
By recent standards a phenomenal moth catch this morning of 10 moths of 7 species including year-ticks Muslin Moth (not annual here), Cinnabar and Rustic Shoulder Knot

Seawatch for 1.5hrs north wall
Wheatear - 4 in sandworks
Common Sandpiper - 1 along wall
Whimbrel - 1
Arctic Tern - flock of 7 in
Swallow - 16 NE
Goldfinch - 2 NE
Gannet - one out
Shelduck - pair brought 10 young from direction of Heysham Head and they were last seen feeding under the wooden jetty.  No idea where these came from with a Heysham head rabbit burrow perhaps being unlikely?

Red Nab high tide
Oystercatcher - 221
Bar-tailed Godwit - 20
Whimbrel - 1