Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

First returning Grey Plover

 Almost breathless early on, later developing into a light west breeze. Sunshine all day.Middleton Nature Reserve Report from Alan:Ringing this morning resulted in a reasonable catch, with only two nets set. There were goods numbers of Swallo…

First Wigeon returns

Light variable wind settled to west by the afternoon. High cloud in the morning sunny spells increasing in length throughout the day.First, an apology. Yesterday, for some inexplicable reason, I originally posted Rochdale as the location for Doreen’s f…

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Sad news.

We have been notified by her family that Doreen Carman passed away 18th July. She was in the process of moving to Rochdale when she took ill, so the funeral will at Rochdale, 18th August.Very sad news.  Doreen carried out butterfly censuses at Hey…

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Tanaid tops the bill……I know, exciting isn’t it!

Light west wind, overcast, but dry morning with sunny spells in the afternoon.Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from JohnTwo nets set at Middleton this morning. In breezy conditions only five birds caught in first two hours. Additional net s…

Worn (butterflies) and Tern

WNW wind, heavy showers early morning, then high cloud and sunny spells.South shoreI had walk along the wall early morning after a heavy shower, hoping it had grounded something, but nothing different (MD)Rock Pipit 4 – 3 together near foreshore slipwa…

Tern hangs around

WNW fresh wind, high clouds with plenty of sunny spells.Heysham Nature Reserve These nice shots from Kevin:Female Brimstone Small Copper – they have been scarce this yearMale Common DarterSouth Shore on rising tide just after lunch (MD)Medite…

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Adult’s turn

West wind with plenty of cloud cover, but occasional sunny spells.Heysham skear – low water 10:10 (MD)Shag 1 2nd calendar year feeding on the north side.Classic Shag leaping diveGreat Crested Grebe 3Eider just 3 adult female – no sign of the juvenile c…

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Some birds of interest, but hard won.

 A strong SW wind, some showers but largely dry with some sunny spells by the afternoon and evening.South ShoreEarly morning check by Shaun:05:30-07:30. Common Scoter 4 out, close in. ‘Resident’ Shag on wooden jetty. Mediterranean G…

Wheatears returning

Southerly light wind. Sunny spells but rain by early evening Middleton Nature Reserve Ringing report from Alan:A successful ringing session today resulted in 36 captures from just two nets set, all but three birds being juveniles.Grasshopper …

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A possible lack of Otter/Crayfish explanation

NW wind, a showery start but mainly sunny after mid morning.Report from Shaun:Red Nab to Wooden Jetty Shag 1 2cy on wooden jettyMediterranean gull 23 – 12 adult/3cy and 9 juvenile on Red Nab plus 1 adult on beach next to, and a juvenile feeing on …