Sunday 26 August 2012

Common Buzzard double

Heysham Obs
Not too bad a morning for migration although the overhead passage was a little disappointing as recorded during the Middleton CES.  Thanks to Mark Breaks for helping with the evening Swallow roost.  120 Swallow and 8 Sand Martin were ringed with an additional Sand Martin control: Y551211

Low single-figures of each of the common warbler species (Willow, Reed Sedge, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Lesser & Common Whitethroat) were ringed but no sign of any Grasshopper Warbler
Grey Wagtail - one south very early but none subsequently, despite tape being played by a non-CES net
Tree Pipit - two south
Meadow Pipit - 5 south
House Martin - c70 south-east in three swirling groups
Swallow - probably about 40 SE (hope the roost is still extant later today!)
Common Buzzard - 2 juveniles circling around high then headed north at about 0845hrs - rare here!

Heysham NR
Much quieter migrant-wise but out of habitat Reed Warbler caught in the office nets

Outfalls/Red Nab pm (thanks to Mark for info)
Med Gull - 17, including 6 juvenile
Little Gull - adult
Sandwich Tern - 3
Grey Plover - 230
Bar-tailed Godwit - 260
Dunlin - c150
Knot - c60

Large Wainscot was early