Thursday 21 April 2016

Warbler variety

Heysham Obs
Lesser Redpolls are caught on spring passage by using a tape lure and it is not a lot of use when this stops working after about ten minutes and you don't notice until the next mist net round!  The critical period between just after civil twilight and just after sunrise was missed as at least 30 piled over!   Once the sun materialised in full, absolutely nothing happened on a clear sunny morning accompanied by an overnight full moon - where was the cloud cover forecasted by at least four weather sites?  

Heysham NR 0530-0715 vis mig
Tree Pipit - 2
Lesser Redpoll - c35
Jay - 2
Goldfinch - 5
Linnet - 6

Middleton NR
8 species of singing warbler in a short circuit of the reserve.
Willow Warbler - 8
Chiffchaff - 2
Whitethroat - 2
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Grasshopper Warbler - 2
Cetti's Warbler - 2
Sedge Warbler - 5
Blackcap - 1
Plus a migrant:
Wheatear - 1