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Heysham helipad

Posted by Richard du Feu 
Heysham helipad
February 02, 2019 07:59PM
Quick visit this morning to find a colour ringed Knot Pete had yesterday resulted in excellent views of Snipe, 3500 Knot and similar numbers of Oystercatcher. I failed to find Pete's Knot but did find 10 other colour ringed birds of which:

5 were ringed in September 2017 at Formby including 1 which staged at Leighton Moss in spring and was seen in Iceland in May 2018
3 birds from Iceland including 1 previously seen at Formby during September
2 birds from Holland, almost certainly moulting on the Waddensea.

Also a single med gull on the railings beyond near naze.

Richard
Re: Heysham helipad
February 03, 2019 05:17PM
Another 16 colour rings read today including a Humber bird and only 2 that I read yesterday. More knot present today, probably about 10K although as always really hard to count without disturbing the front of the sea wall. A barwit was new on yesterday.

Disturbance from pedestrians near Near Naze disturbed the roost a lot. Please take care when watching from that end of the site and back off if birds look alarmed.

Once again many snipe, probably 70 although hard to tell as they kept flitting about. Also a barn owl at the Golden Ball.

I'll do something for the North Lancs RG blog however the sightings show that many of the birds at Heysham use the Sefton coast in autumn with a few using the Waddensea to moult and North West Iceland is the stop over area of choice for the Knot using Heysham. 2 individuals roosted at Leighton Moss in May 2018 before heading north.
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