Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

Goose fest!

Another sunny day, it started off quite calm with just a gentle norh breeze, but the breeze strengthened and shifted more to east throughout the day.Mediterranean Gull – one 2cy on mudflats in front of rising tide, out from Ocean Edge foreshore 08:30Wh…

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A nice, and productive day

It felt like spring today, a balmy 9 degrees, calm and the warmth of the sun very pleasant. Three species of warbler heard and good signs of passage.Sea watching records (PM)Brent geese09:00 – 9 Pale-bellied out from childrens play area10:00 – 18-19 ac…

General update

Possibly more later (MD).First the logistics.Unfortunately, but totally understandably, access to Heysham Nature Reserve office is now restricted to key personnel for vital duties only. There will be no coordinated birding activity for the foreseeable …

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Change in weather

Calm and sunny for much of today, resulted in a bit of local blogging (MD).. Hopefully more later.Little gull 1 1st Winter on No.2 outflow (ref KE)Rock pipit 1 being territorial below Heysham Head high cliffsKott c3,000 on heliport wall, but static in …

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Little gulls back

Thursday provisional, hopefully more later.Little gull 1 1st Winter plus the adult with damaged primaries on No.2 outflow late morning.Brent geese – there were none out from the children’s play area on rising tide. 2 flew from Red Nab towards Pott’s Co…

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Webs and dogs

Like many coastal sites next to suburbia,  Heysham is a dog exercising fest with a natural wide-open space covering most of Heysham Barrows and a designated more linear open space running south from Heysham Nature Reserve.  To the north of He…

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More ringed Knot

Thanks to Howard for this southport- rInged Knot – one of six read today. Other sightings today included two northbound Skylark, two migrant song Thrush together and the wintering Chiffchaff still by Heysham NR office (no news on yesterday’s singing bi…

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Chiffchaff singing

It was nice to hear a Chiffchaff singing near Heysham Nature Reserve marsh this lunchtime,  but other than that, sightings were a bit patchy.Pale- bellied Brent goose. Just the group of 6 birds seen by PW late morning, but these flew off further n…

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Signs of movement

Thursday provisional, hopefully more later.Brent geese – there were at least 26 feeding in the corner of Heysham skeer at 13:00. Only checked from sea wall, but all appeared to be Pale-belliedMiddleton Nature ReserveLittle grebe now 3, one on main pond…

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Brent numbers increaing again

Once again the very low neap tides are restricting the feeding areas available to the Brent geese. This, combined with the easing winds, is likely to be the reason more are being tempted from the west side of the Bay. (MD)Pale-bellied Brent goose13:20….