Friday, 25 May 2018

Black and white

Late migrants continue to fly through:
North Harbour Wall 07:00 - 09:00. Weather - NNE F5, overcast, 13C

Black-ish things:
Manx Shearwater 1
Black Tern 1
Common Scoter 1
Swift 6
Swallow 73

White-ish things:
Sandwich Tern 19
Arctic Tern 46
Kittiwake 1 adult close in

Black and white things:
Gannet 2

Shag - 2CY on wooden jetty
Osprey - one flew SE to NW across the Bay from approximately  PL Ends to Ulverston and was seen distantly from Plover Scar and (after alert) Heysham North wall (1025ish) (AD)
small Calidrids - c75 distantly along Middleton tideline

A look at the low tide channels from Heysham Head after the rain at 16:00hrs revealed:
Swift 9
Swallow 3
Sandwich Tern 2
Great-crested Grebe 2

Grey Seal - 1


Thursday, 24 May 2018

More terns and bits and bobs

Bill Martin and myself covered the north wall this morning and similar fare to yesterday minus the oddities

North wall 0650-0920
Arctic Tern - 134 in (largest flock 21), a majority 0820-0910
Sandwich Tern - c120 in, latterly a few bloggers - many fishing en route as they flew in but none seen to come out!
Arctic Skua - dark morph chasing tern in the mouth of the bay
Gannet - 3/4cy in then out
Kittiwake - flock of 15 in (all but one 2CY)
Guillemot - 1
small waders - three flocks totalling 30
Common Scoter - just one distant flock of c20
Swallow - 11 in
Shag - 2CY on wooden jetty

Greylag - 7 circled Middleton NR

At least three Black-tailed Skimmer Middleton

** I know there is a backlog for pics.  I wont be able to do anything about it tomorrow, I'm afraid, so if you can add your own pics or send them with relevant date they need posting to

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Great earlyish morning by the seaside

Wow this is such a late spring as north-easterlies produced what could be expected at the end of April/early May!   I gave up checking through the significant number of 2CY seagulls a week or so ago; Jean didn't this morning and out popped an Iceland Gull!   A singleton Black Tern joined the year list as it  motored into the Bay along the Kent channel line and a real bonus for the year list was a late passage Little Ringed Plover which flew in from the south, ran around for a bit on the 'mound' before heading off high to the north 

Sea 0740-0930 x 2 observers
Arctic Tern - 205 'in' (largest flock 29)
Sandwich Tern - at least 49 in
Arctic Skua - perhaps the same light morph seen twice chasing terns at long range
Black Tern - singleton in on its own at 0817hrs
Red-throated Diver - summer plumaged individual out
Iceland Gull - 2CY blogging for 20 minutes or so before flying north into the bay
Common Scoter - 4 in, c25 out
Little Ringed Plover - see above
Swallow - 6 in
Lots of Black-headed Gulls also moving in and several white dots miles out which could have been BHGs or terns

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The dreaded 'meagre fare' should read 'didnt get up early enough'

Very quick post - pics will be added tomorrow Janet & Malcolm for last two days

More serious heat haze trouble with a large brownish object seemingly diving into the outer Leven estuary but to be honest it could even have been a bouncy castle.  Ospreys are known to be in the area!

Common or Arctic Tern - 4 feeding in riffle, then in; almost certainly Arctic but a long way off
Sandwich T|ern - 2 ditto
Cetti's Warbler - two singing males central marsh
Little Grebe - welcome breeding pair on no swimming pond

Monday, 21 May 2018

Nowtfalls and avocet surprise

Hopefully the power station outages will reach a stage soon when they are back in full flow.  There was not a single bird on them for at least 15 mins today!

Avocet - three together flew south quite close inshore and purposeful at about 0844hrs.   No reports of them from the Fylde I’m aware of.  Very odd
Arctic tern - a very late gang of 15 appeared from nowhere to briefly feed in a riffle with bhgs before heading in and climbing about 0855
Sandwich tern - 3
Whimbrel - 1

Grey seal - 1

Sunday, 20 May 2018

No incoming tide coverage today

Malcolm and I covered the same area this morning with similar results - unfortunately due to having to deal with a problem, didn't then go and get a handle on the wetland warblers, notably the western marsh which has not seen a ringing session or an early doors listening session for some time now.  Hopefully its still calm tomorrow morning

The forecast coming up at the back end of this week really lends itself to some coverage of sheltered coastal trees and bushes and fingers crossed for something like a rosefinch or rb shrike reaching this side......... or perhaps something on the sea like a belated Black tern at last!

Coverage over the two or three days though will be limited due to commitments elsewhere for the most regular prowlers!

Sea - short low tide check only
Eider - 82
Great-crested Grebe - 4
Sandwich Tern - two fishing in distant channel
Swallow - 4 north

Insects on Middleton - thanks Janet

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Alternative viewing to royal wedding

In contrast to the madness that was Royal Wedding fever on the TV, Heysham was relatively quiet and peaceful, a bit too peaceful really on the sea.

From the Roundhead/lighthouse on the south wall 0900-0930 and 1050-1350. Clear, sunny, hazy in distance, F1 WNW
Eider - at least 68 at low tide
Great-crested Grebe - 8
Sandwich Tern - 28 in the low tide channel, 2 in, then 19 on the sea further out
Mute Swan - 7 flew across the Bay then landed on the sea at 1105h
Common Scoter - 5 in at 1130 then 200 much further away floating in at 1205
Guillemot - 2 floating in at 1315h
Kittiwake - 1 floating in at 125h
Swallow - a grand total of 5
Shag - 2CY on the wooden jetty 1055-1350
Rock Pipit - suddenly appeared from inside the power station fence on the south wall and flew to the roundhead
Grey Seal by Heysham 1 outfall.
Alfie balloon floated in  - this is the second one seen.

Ocean Edge salt marsh beach
12 Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plover at high tide.