Apart from c40 Blackbird and 11 Song Thrush, not a lot happening this morning other than a grounded Reed Bunting and (with apologies to Floyd) another Brick in the toilet
YELLOW BROWED WARBLERS North Lancashire
Some waffle here refers to pics which I have removed. They are already either on this site or can be seen on the linked Dan Haywood site (along with sound recordings) or Fylde bird club site. Please excuse the reverse order!
Ringed at Leighton Moss by the spring (John Wilson et al)
24) 17/10/15Heysham NR – seen and heard by JR & PJM working its way inland along north side of reserve – unringed
23) 15/10/15Fluke Hall with a tit flock (?multi observed)
22) 14/10/15Heysham Nature reserve. Seen in field by Pete Marsh then caught in mist net by office with LTT flock. Photo Emma Garston – the only other observer
One heard calling several times by the Middleton NR Tim Butler pond but bird could not be seen in dense willows (Malcolm Downham). Didn’t get chance to follow this one up
20) 14/10/15Seen well with Long-tailed Tits and Chiffchaff in north Heysham garden (just in SD45A) c0915. Not photographed. Pete Cook
19) 11/10/15 Field recordJean Roberts located a calling individual in the willows by the alder woodland. Pete Crooks turned up just after it was located and started to wander across. In the meantime, the next mist net round at the office produced another, so PC returned to the office to see the ‘in hand’ bird then went back to the alder woodland and also heard the original bird calling. However, it was really difficult to get to grips with in dense willow and no definitive plumage details were seen – just a shape in the bushes. It then disappeared as the captured bird was perhaps erroneously released at the same location
18) 11/10/15Heysham Nature reserve. Found in mist net by the office at the same time another was calling in the alder woodland at the other end of the reserve (see above). Seen by Pete Marsh, Jean Roberts and Pete Crooks
17) 11/10/15Leighton Moss spring area – one ringed & photographed John Wilson et al
16) 10/10/15Trees and scrub surrounding Glasson boatyard – Ian Hartley
15) 10/10/15The first of three reports from the Griesdale Hide at Leighton Moss although at least one claim on 11/10 was a Chiffchaff but (after a gap without any reports) the sighting on 16/10/15 was by three experienced birders
14) 09/10/15This was giving almost manically multiple calls from the north side of the reserve when found by Jean Roberts – typical, in my experience, of a new arrival. Unfortunately it then flew towards the north-east corner of the reserve – this leads to an obvious ‘departure corridor’ down the woodland edged railway line and this bird was not seen again despite extensive coverage of the reserve on both remainder of 9/10 and during 10/10 (this I suggest rules out the 9/10 and 11/10 field records being the same bird). Pete Marsh and Jean Roberts – plumage features seen briefly.
13) 09/10/15Heysham Nature reserve. One had just been found at the far end of the reserve, flying towards the NE corner bushes (the usual exit route for inland) then 15 minutes after observers left the scene this appeared in the net by the office from the tank farm (opposite) side. In my opinion no chance of being one and the same. Note this is not a trophy shot – no teeth showing!
12) 08/10/15Galgate – centre of village – Stuart Piner garden – multi-observed & photos
11) 4/10/15Field record. This was located on call by Jean Roberts below the old observation tower site. Phoned Pete Marsh who was at the ringing base by the office and the bird then flew into the isolated willow above the office allowing PM to see and hear it calling three times. At the same time an irruptive Coal Tit flock flew high from the north-east over the office and the YBW stuck its head out of the bush and headed south over the top of the mist nets perhaps encouraged to do so by the calling Coal Tits. Clear view of the head and bits and pieces of wingbars etc in the bush, plus multiple calls. Not seen again despite a tank farm visit.
10) 04/10/15Fluke Hall/Fluke Hall Lane – multi-observed
9) 3/10/15Middleton Nature Reserve. Found in mist net by Jean Roberts also seen by John Mason (see field records). Released 0850hrs and flew south towards the sewage works and not seen again
8) 3/10/15Field record Middleton Nature reserve. A calling YBW was located by Jean Roberts at c1150 heading fairly rapidly south through the bushes alongside the road at Middleton just after the nets had been taken down. John Mason also heard it calling. The behaviour and timing suggests this is a different bird from that released at 0850 but it was unfortunately not possible to see the legs
[3/10 Heysham NR – single call of what was considered to be a YBW heard along the top pylon path by Pete Marsh from the ringing base. No further sight/sound. Not good enough to claim]
Sunderland Point by the Anchorage (Dan Haywood) (presumably the same seen very briefly on 5/10?)
6) 1/10/15Field record Heysham Nature reserve. The one which got away ringing-wise due to sun on the mist nets. Heard calling then hovered against the sun-drenched mist net and landed on the tip of a dead bramble nearby. Clearly seen to be unringed and quite a ‘bright’ bird with a strikingly white rather than fully yellow-suffused supercilium and wing-bars, similar to that caught on 11/10 (see above). Lost interest in the mist net and disappeared into the tank farm to which there is no easy access from the reserve (lengthy drive around to PS plus security clearance) and therefore not possible to leave mist nets and go and search. Pete Marsh only
5) 1/10/15Sunderland Brows Farm photographed (Dan Haywood – present at same time as the other bird!)
4) 1/10/15Tom Smiths garden, Sunderland, by toilet block. Found by Tom Wilmer – multi-observed & photos
3) 30/09/15Heard calling on Heysham Head (Rectory Wood)by Jean Roberts – could not be relocated two hours later (but Firecrest found!). Not seen.
2) 29/9/15Heysham Nature Reserve found in mist net by office. Seen by Pete Marsh and Jean Roberts
Field record. Whilst in the middle of ringing a few birds, one called clearly from the bushes at the start of the top path and then gave a second call a little further along the path. Unfortunately by the time the ringer had finished with the catch about 6 minutes later, there was no further sign. Pete Marsh only.