Wednesday 20 June 2012

National Moth Washout Friday afternoon/evening

There is a National Moth related event organised for Friday afternoon and evening based at Heysham NR and Middleton.  When you have dodgy weather for these sort of events, it is best if it goes the whole hog and becomes completely impossible!  This is the case here and there is absolutely no point in turning up with horizontal rain and gale force winds forecasted.  See e.g. the XC weather link.  Someone will be here from 1500hrs just to make sure in case anyone turns up.  If you are aware of anyone who expressed a wish to go, especially someone who might be turning up in the late evening for the light trapping section, please could you direct them to this posting.  Thanks and apologies

Grey Plover surprise

Heysham Obs
A bit more proper recording today!

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Grey Plover - 36 off Ocean Edge, including 5 in full summer plumage
Oystercatcher - 272
Med Gull - unringed 2CY Red Nab
Black-headed Gull - 145
Common Gull - 39

Moneyclose lane
Singing Coal Tit near the anemometer

Heysham CES
A few local Wrens and Dunnocks, a single juvenile Coal Tit, unringed adult Whitethroat and an unringed female Bullfinch.  No evidence of any young from summer migrants or, surprisingly, tit flocks

Better with the local Broad-barred White the highlight