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.
Warm with east winds, a few light showers. Middleton Nature Reserve early morning (AD. JM)
Ringing session this morning with nets set on both sides at Middleton produced a much reduced catch. The majority of warblers seemed to have left the site during the clear and cool night.
The catch included:
Common Whitethroat 4
Willow Warbler 5
Lesser Whitethroat 2
Garden Warbler 1
Few migrating birds were noted, although the sky was fairly clear and migrants may have been flying high.
The only noted birds were a party of 7 Swallows moving SE and two single Swallows flying low and fast due south.
South shore (MD).
Not much happening.
Rock Pipit 2 + 1
Lapwing a grounded flock of 13 with at least 3 juvenile birds
2 hours before high water (PM) Mediterranean gull - 21 (14 2cy, 5 juvs, 2 ad) two hours pre HT. this Darvic ringed bird definitely a new (Yellow) one but couldn’t read the four characters. Undoubtedly a lot of adults had already moved south on the tide