Friday 6 September 2013

tomorrows event

The weather is a bit unpredictable. Therefore we cannot promise any early arrivals that there will be e.g. any ringing to watch. Early arrivals will probably be taken out on a short migrant search before the main event at 0900hrs. Please meet at Heysham NR car park at 0900hrs for the main event, not by the mast. Thanks Things are looking good weather-wise for the main event at 0900hrs but it was not possible to recce the outfalls and area at the correct time the last two days, so fingers crossed for plenty of the known quantities still being around and maybe an odd extra like a Black Tern

Spotted Redshank,Mullein Wave and 2P96 brighten a dull miserable day

Heysham Obs
Ocean Edge mid-afternoon dropping tide
Med Gull - 5, including 2P96 ringed by us last spring and a 'winter 'resident'
Spotted Redshank - Juvenile Ocean Edge saltmarsh creek (with an unpublishable awful record shot mobile phone & x 50 fixed telescope lens).  Always scarce and not annual here

Mullein Wave was a good record - quite sporadic here and Treble Bar reached 15 at one of its few Lancs sites where it is in abundance

A varied migration morning

Heysham Obs
Office area
Not bad at all this morning with a good variety on the vis mig including 3 Tree Pipit, c26 Grey Wagtail (12 colour-ringed), Crossbill, Tree Sparrow but just 3 Meadow Pipit and no hirundines until a trickle of Swallows post 1000hrs

Grounded stuff
Included at least 10 Whitethroat and a scattering of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and just the one Willow Warbler

Ocean Edge
A very quick visit to Ocean Edge was too late for the tide but 11 Med Gulls (5 juv/1CY) and a Sandwich Tern were on the rapidly covering Red Nab

Moths Included a Toadflax Pug and Old Lady

Butterflies Included a Painted Lady on the office buddleia and good numbers of albeit rather worn Common Blue - the last decent day for butterflies this year?