Saturday 4 April 2015

A bit better

Heysham Obs
A rather late start on the vis mig coverage saw a sample hour between 0815 and 0915 at the southern end of the north harbour wall out of the way of anglers.

The last  week or so has seen Reed Bunting in two different occurrence patterns at Middleton - territorial males and a gang of presumed off passage migrants feeding on reed mace seed

Wooden jetty and outfalls
Turnstone - 171
Purple Sandpiper - at least one, possibly two
Common Gull - 141

Vis mig 0815-0915
Sandwich Tern - 2 out far offshore the only semblance of seabird movement
Meadow Pipit - 172 N (and a subsequent trickle over the reserve)
alba Wagtail - 71 N
Linnet - 23 N
Twite - 1 N
Redpoll spp - 4+1 N
Chaffinch - 1 N
Rock Pipit - 1 grounded then N

Middleton NR
Highlighted by a gang of 6 girls and 10 dogs and massive disturbance as they ran around yapping.  Anyone know any polite three word tweets which might signify communication?
Cetti's Warbler - singing from central marsh near fence pond
Little Grebe - visible on fence pond
Coot - two mbpond

Office area
Ringing was again low key with the only sign of migration being 3 Goldcrest, one Chiffchaff and one Robin (& two unringed Blue Tit)
Grey Wagtail - 1 north