Tuesday, 3 November 2015

First Whoosh of the Season

Heysham North Harbour Wall
Much less misty this morning. A whoosh netting session was curtailed by noisy fabrication work close by in the Centrica compound, however not before two catches were made with a total of:

Goldfinch - 29 unringed plus 5 local retraps
Linnet - 3 unringed

There were more finches around before being displaced by the fabrication,  but apparently no Twite.  Apart from a local Robin and a pair of Pied Wagtails little else was seen by the ringers.


Meanwhile those not ringing went scouting round for odds and ends. JR found a few odds and ends while DH found some odds and ends worth reporting, including this superb Shortie):

Moneyclose Lane:
Brambling 1
Goldcrest 14
Chiffchaff 2
Blackcap 1
Redwing 15
Mistle Thrush 2
Coal Tit 5
Bullfinch 6
Red Nab:
Grey Wagtail 1
Twite 1
South Harbour Wall
Grey Wagtail 2
Meadow Pipit 3
Linnet 10
Goldfinch 1, Dunnock 1, Wren 1, Pied Wagtail 1
Sandplant and the Mound (North Harbour Wall)
Skylark - 1 grounded (very unusual here)
Song Thrush - 2 (the sea buckthorn has its uses)
Pied Wagtail 2, Robin 1, Goldfinch 2, Linnet 1, Wren 1, Carrion Crow 4, Starling 4
Heysham Nature Reserve
Of note - 15 Blackbirds, 1 Redwing plus 5 others over, 1 Brambling over, 1+Siskin over, 2 Goldcrests
Then saving the best till last:
Heysham Head:
Crossbill 2 - in sycamores by the Barrows, then flew east
Short-eared Owl 1 - sat on top of the cliffs, then was flushed by man's best friend and flew out over the water, then looped back and seemed to land on the rocks below the cliffs.
Brambling 1
Chiffchaff 1
Blackcap 1
Goldcrest 4
Redwing 3
Skylark 1