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.
Only my stuff so far (MD), there were a few birders in the area, but no reports so far. We seem to be alternating between feast and famine, with regards to the rarer birds. Let's hope that continues tomorrow.
Rock Pipits 2
Ringed Plover 22
Knot 1 ( it looked so lonely I thought it deserved a mention)
Middleton Nature Reserve
Shoveller 1 male
Little Grebe 1
Water Rail 1 squealing plus 1 contact calls
Common snipe 3
Grey Wagtail 1
Just a couple of snaps of locally very common birds. But both very striking, particularly in the sunlight.