Thursday 3 April 2014

There early but coverage one-dimensional

Heysham Obs
Bare minimum this morning as sole observer (with work to get on with) and the wrong decision.  The 'lure' of Mealy Redpoll, never mind a high percentage of Lessers already ringed in distant parts, led to a single net & tape.  This meant I couldn't do the rounds and the hour's coverage comprised some vis and whatever night migrants were round the office.  Result - zero redpoll, despite patchy clear sky encouraging other vis.  There were a few drops of very 'muddy' rain!

Vis mig office area 0715-0815
Meadow Pipit - 73
alba Wagtail - 22
Siskin - 3
Swallow - 1
Pink-footed Goose - flock of c97 north over golf course
Carrion Crow - 3 north - chased by locals
Linnet - 16 north
Chiffchaff - at least 3 'silent' migrants
Goldcrest - two noisy migrants
Blackcap - very lightweight female ringed
Great Tit - unringed one trapped
Blue Tit - unringed one trapped, surprisingly an adult

No further coverage from me, but Janet texted (thanks):
Wheatear - 6 Ocean Edge

Mass break-out of Common Quaker by Heysham standards with 7!
Wheatear(6) and Linnet (2)at Ocean Edge