Thursday 20 March 2014

More low-level migration

Heysham Obs
Anyone able to cover Friday (tomorrow), please, esp sea on early incoming tide? Thanks

A smattering of coverage again today, including Pete Cook's one hour vigil looking over the sea.  Certainly at least a trickle of Meadow Pipit and alba wagtails over but little time to cover vis systematically

North wall
Twite - more passing through and using the seed with at least 13 individuals, at least 6 of these unringed and two bearing white rings from this winter
Linnet - a good count of 29 on the seed early morning with the majority seeming to be unringed
Meadow Pipit - 15 north in 20 minutes & 6 grounded
alba Wagtail - 7 north in 20 minutes and 6 grounded
Eider - an increase to c230 offshore at low tide but nothing could be found with them other than low single figures of RBMerg and GCGrebe
Little Gull - ad in, 2CY out
Guillemot - one floating in on tide

Office area
Siskin - 5 north
Goldcrest - at least 3
Mute Swan - one 'stuck' on the nature park pond but not stressed & plenty of food - it will be moved in the next few days
Impressions of the same low-level alba/Meadow Pipit passage based on short forays outside the office

Ocean Edge/Red Nab
Wheatear - one male reported but again missed it!
Wigeon - just 3

Middleton NR
Scaup - 2CY male
Gadwall - 3 males, 2 females
Tufted Duck - at least 13
Teal - pair

A Shoulder Stripe in the trap