Friday 27 March 2015

A decent selection but minimal migration

Heysham Obs
The best bird today was the continuing presence of our singing male Cetti's Warbler on Middleton where it was quite vocal early on, then shut up after 0900hrs.  Also on Middleton, a vocal Water Rail in the main reed-bed was welcome, a trilling Little Grebe on the fence pond even more so,  but half a dozen pheasants did not bode well for the forthcoming mist netting season.

Vis mig
Meadow Pipit - 30 per hour first half of morning dropping to 15 per hour
Redpoll - at least 5
alba Wagtail - 15
Reed Bunting - 1
Carrion Crow - 3 north

Middleton NR  (Malcolm/Pete/Justine)
Water Rail - one squealing
Mute Swan - 2 pr + 6 2CY
4 coot
4 moorhen
5 mallard
10 tufted
7 gadwall
2 teal
1 little grebe on fence pond 
1 lapwing on peninsula  
6 pheasant
1 male Cetti's Warbler  (heard only)
1 chiffchaff
3 meadow pipit (1 parachuting)
1 reed bunting
1 small tortoiseshell
Ocean Edge   
1 rock pipit
4 meadow pipit
1 wheatear
Red Nab  
1 little egret
Red Nab bushes  
2 goldcrest
2 long tailed tit
1 bullfinch (m)
60+ turnstone on rocky foreshore in front of south wall roundhead.