Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

Winter thrushes start to arrive

 Very light breeze starting from the south then working through more or less all points of the compass. Leaden skies started high then got lower during the day resulting in fine drizzle then rain by evening.Excellent coverage today from DH, KE, JR…

A better selection

 Light winds started in NE and ended in NW. Sunshine and very blue skies for most of the day.Middleton Nature Reserve Visible migration report from Jean:Vis 0700-1000 NE F2. All generally south unless stated.Whooper Swan 5…

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A reasonable selection today

 The wind still from north, NNW to start with then pretty much due north. Sunny spells and light showers.South shore – covered between 08:00 – 10:00 (JR, PM, MD)Chiffchaff 1 singing near Ocean Edge entrance Mediterranean gull 2x 1cy Red Nab, …

Some Rock Pipit passage and an elderly Grey Wagtail

 Fresh NW strong breeze all day. A mixture of sunshine and light showersNews of a Grey Wagtail from colour ringed schemed (details on side bar to the right)Ringed grey wag from  2014 seen at Twemlow Parade,  north Heysham today – 6 years…

Of light and shade, and far away places

 The wind started SE but by evening had swung round to NE. Light rain for much of the morning then some sunshine and very heavy showers in the afternoon.Jean’s report for this morning:The blog should be entitled “The Best of the Rest” because we m…

Bypassed by the Pinks

 Northerly wind first NNE then NNW. Overnight rain petered out by 09:30, after that some sunshine and light showers.South ShorePink-Footed Goose – there were large numbers heading south generally. 12,000 over Moffat in Scotland and c5,000 arriving…

Greenshank best of an otherwise standard bunch

 The wind freshened throughout the day starting a cool SSE then swinging towards SW. sunshine in the morning then largely overcast with light drizzle.Middleton Nature Reserve Report from Jean.Vis 06:30-10:00SSE F3 Meadow Pipit 9Reed…

Good variety, including Osprey and Brent

The breeze shifted round today, from east through south and ending up WSW. Mainly sunny.Middleton Nature Reserve- ringing report from Alan:Three Grey Wagtails seen this morning and of these only one was caught.Other passerine passage must have been ver…

Good coverage with at least one reward

 Pretty quiet today (report from Jean)Vis 07:00-10:00ENE F2Pink-footed Goose 25Snipe 6Jackdaw 37Carrion Crow 10Skylark 9Blackbird 1Grey Wagtail 8Meadow Pipit 81Chaffinch 5Linnet 2Goldfinch 2Siskin 2Reed Bunting 8Notables on the deck:Kingfishe…

High spring tides bring Ospreys in

 The easterlies continue. The air is cooler but the, almost, constant sunshine warm.Middleton Nature Reserve – report from JeanBelow is the vis for Middleton NR. It was quieter today with fewer birds overhead but a bigger variety. A Chiffchaff fro…