Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Bits of grounded stuff but the easterly lost

Heysham Obs
Unfortunately the south-easterly wind had gone this morning so expectation on the sea was reduced to very little (should have been here yesterday evening?).  The intermittent drizzle produce the usual expectation of the more obvious grounded stuff,  but no mist netting possible to get a handle on any less obvious odds and ends slipping through the bushes

Phyllosc - 'out of habitat': 2 in north wall sea buckthorn, one ocean edge foreshore by slipway (looked like Willow warbler but all only seen briefly before they moved on)
Wheatear - 7 Ocean Edge, 2 north wall sandworks, 3 heliport area
Blackcap - singing male briefly north wall sea buckthorn and one by Heysham NR office (first there this year)
Greenfinch - male north wall sea buckthorn - unusual!

Offshore low tide check
Little Gull - adult in summer plumage-ish following the dredger with Common Gulls
Sandwich Tern - gang of 4 blogging
Red-breasted Merganser - 7
visibility very poor for checking skeers and seaward ends of outfalls but nothing obvious of note

Vis mig
one Meadow Pipit!