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.
After heavy rain in the morning, the day ended calm and warm.
Ocean Edge/Red Nab - evening (PM, JR)
Mediterranean gulls - absolute minimum 42 scattered off OE
Bar-Tailed Godwit 15
Wheatear 1 - first autumn record
Middleton Nature Reserve evening (MD)
The conditions were again right for the emergence of flying ants, but tonight it was widespread so the small gulls were too high and wide to check for Meds. The large gulls (Herring and LBB) also got in the action, they preferred to catch the ants on the ground as they were emerging.
Several swallows, a few Sand Martin plus just two Swift were also feeding. The reduced numbers, almost certainly, the result of the wide ranging emergence.
Dragonflies included Emperor, Brown Hawker and Common Darter
Male Common Darter
Nice selection of moths in overnight actinic including Fen Wainscot
Several Shaded Broad-bar were seen on Middleton early evening.