Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

Wishful thinking?

Still only negligible movement observed. Just two Meadow Pipits and an Alba Wagtail.The wader numbers roosting on the old heliport wall has reduced, partly due to the low neap tides.Oystercatcher c200Dunlin c30Knot c2,000. They were very filghty, could…

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Still waiting…….

The wind shifted round to the west today and was noticeably warmer, but still very little movement.A trickle of Meadow Pipits and Alba wagtails north. Two stopped briefly on Heysham Head. One was a male White wagtail, didn’t get a good enough view of i…

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Ringing recoveries

The lockdown and short walk from home strategy has led to three Grey Wagtail reports in quick succession – all on breeding territory – along with a misreported CR Pied Wag which will be passed onAOA0043   Ringed   Juvenile  Hey…

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We were in stasis, but now……it’s slowed down!

The cold north to northwesterly winds over weekend stopped everything. They eased slightly this morning, but there was still little sign of movement.Just a trickle of Meadow Pipits and Alba Wagtails.The real reason for today’s post was to share this pi…

Change of strategy

As from now, it will be this blogs strategy to only post records of passing migrants. This is so that readers will not be tempted to leave the relative safety of their homes to locate reported sightings. But records of movement  will allow th…

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Chiffchaffs everywhere, but not much else

Light southerly wind and wall to wall sunshine meant genuine warmth. Chiffchaffs were singing in every area of the recording area checked, and many seen not singing. Butterflies also abundant, particularly Brimstone (4 male), also seen Small Tortoisesh…

Not quite straw clutching….yet

Obviously the current restrictions have an impact on obervation opportunities. Not a hardship compared to the real problems many face. Still, every effort will be made to continue this blog albeit at a much reduced level.Ocean Edge foreshore early morn…

Elusive Shag

There was not a lot happening this morning. An early check of Ocean Edge located just one male Wheatear and only 10 Meadow Pipit north.Later, towards high water, there were no Brent geese on Red Nab, and no reports yet of any earlier birds from the nor…

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Some movement, albeit sedate.

The east wind eased throughout the day and the temerature climbed to 11 degreees.Wheatears a minimum of 5 male and a female on Ocean Edge foreshore rocks.Great White Egret 1 west, out from the south sea wall 08:40Rock pipits 1 saltmarsh plus 1 acting t…

SEO tops a decent bill.

There were at least six birders roaming the recording area today, all successfully isolating themselves, Some in cars, some walking and one cycling. Occasionally, paths would cross and records exchanged at a safe (3m) distance. It was on one such occas…