The observatory was set up in 1980. It involves ringing,'vis mig' counts (including seabirds) and general monitoring in the Heysham Nature reserve/power stations/harbour area. The statutory moth trap is in place and also a daily log for butterflies, dragonflies etc.
We share an office, kindly provided by EDF Energy, with the County Wildlife Trust. This is located next to the Nature Reserve car park. Do call in. Please leave sightings in the letterbox, ESPECIALLY 'fly-by' seabirds.
Calm in the morning, when the gentle westerly returned, it was more to south and warmer. So it got quite hot as the sun shone for most of the day.
A check of the beach near the jetty in the morning found only two Mediterranean gulls. A 3rd calendar year and a 2nd calendar year - this bird had a white darvic, which remains unread. Neither bird was feeding and both flew off as the incoming tide reached them
Great White Egret 1 flying west from the direction of the Lune estuary
Rock Pipits 3 on Red Nab plus 1 near lighthouse
Grey seal 1
Middleton Nature Reserve mid afternoon
Wildfowl as yesterday
Lots of insects
Butterflies 10 species seen:
Dragonflies - these were particularly active, making identification of some difficult - but at least 6 species:
Hawker sp medium sized, probably Southern
One of two pairs of Black-tailed Skimmers, taking advantage of the warm spell.
No Mediterranean gulls on the beach near jetty as it became uncovered in the evening, but these two were flying out from north wall, providing nice views of the Cumbrian coast.