Worst ever seawatch in south-westerlies?

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Nowt in about an hour on and off on incoming tideOutfalls/Red NabCommon Tern - a welcome Adult feeding and restingTern spp - very brief view facing away - think it flew into bay (yesterdays Sandwich?)Med Gull - ad and 3CY but disappeared very quickly and not there after 0900Redshank - 2...

Thursday – bowl hopping fish

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Some goldfish have been around for some time in the dog walk pond and seem to have hybridised with ?roach which have similarly been put in there.  Hope this springs wintering Bittern can find them in 2017/8Thanks MalcolmOutfalls/Red Nab near HTMed Gull - 2-3 Ad and a different 3CYSandwich Tern - adult outfallsGrey Seal - 1...

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A rather belated finish to the nesting seagull census today but I have not got the data to handLots on Fisher's roof but unexpected lack of any GBBG success thereThe outfalls held a new Med - below on Red Nab and easier to find than yesterdays 3CY!  Also the first (dispersing) baby Black-headed Gull of the year - early?  Late afternoon saw two adults at low tide.  Its starting to happen!...
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More returning adult or near adult seagulls

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Heysham ObsA reasonable number of seagulls on the outfalls and Red Nab including a 3CY Med in full summer plumage:Moth traps at Middleton held both Silky and Obscure Wainscot and a rather late Shaded Pug graced the Heysham trap.Any dragonfly info from today?Ringing took place at Middleton NR this am and the surprise was a rather early dispersing juvenile Treecreeper - usually an occasional July feature and scarce and erratic at all times away from Heysham Head - and the first juv Reed Warbler.   Perhaps surprisingly, the few recent ringing efforts have not included any juvenile Cetti's Warbler, but the territories are mainly to the east of the ringing site ...

Monday

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  Middleton early amGeneral4 Spotted chaser - minimum 10 (all checked were standard type)Emperor - 1 male each, no swimming pond and new small scrapes. female type central marshBroad Bodied Chaser - 3 male on small scrapesCommon Darter - minimum 1 possibly 2 2 Cetti's singing1 Grasshopper warbler reeling central marsh. First I've heard for a while, there are actual grasshoppers chirruping now, but this was definitely a warbler. 1 stoat Later in am5-6 male RV Darter plus a pair in cop then perhaps the same female on its own Nice pic from John Wright later in afternoon: ...
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Brief gull check and a Shark

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Tomorrow looks good for Red-veined Darter as does most of the next week.  Please report all sightings (e.g. email PMrsh123@aol.com) and especially any definite females/ovipositing.  I'm assuming no Common out yet, certainly not mature red males, but need to be very careful, especially with female/teneralsVery distant gull facing away was half to two-thirds the size of the nearby BHGs but it flew as I was switching to 40 x lens on scope and didn't see it again & had to go.  Suspect the definite small 2CY BHG of a few weeks ago?The 2CY Med still around along with 67 2CY Common GullThe moth trap has at least come up with a few scarcities and the whole set up might be sorted out next week:Shark...

Unexpected day

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Started with a clear run through all the traffic lights on the Bay Coneway for the first time, then the sea looked a bit rough and a sweep produced a Gannet, so gave it a bit of unscheduled time before checking the Sunderland Point moth trapSea 0845ish to 0920ishGannet - 11Fulmar - 1Manx Shearwater - flock of 6Med Gull - yesterdays 2CY seaward end Heysham oneMiddleton NRLunchtime and early pm saw the temperature high enough, wall to wall sunshine and a few bits of shelter out of the wind for Malcolm and dragonfly recording but later in the afternoon the wind increased and the site became a no show as the forecast had suggested for the whole dayRed-veined Darter - two males and two female types or teneralsalso low single figures of Black-tailed Skimmer, Four-spotted Chaser (one eaten by an Emperor!), Broad-bodied Chaser and an inte...
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They survived in numbers

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No need to worry about the prolonged 'grounding' of red veined darters.    A single sweep from the seat saw nine males over the model boat pond with smaller counts including at least one almost certain additional insect over the next five minutes.   No time to check the western shoreOn red nab there was a new 2cy med gull - a large individual with an unremarkable head pattern cf being lost amongst bhg and moulted greater coverts giving the folded wing a very 'plain' look for so early in the "autumn"Heysham skeers held two common scoter in the channel, a small flock of Canada geese past and a build up of little egret.   Detail later...