Friday, 18 April 2008

First Manx Shearwater of the year

Heysham Obs
North harbour wall 0700-0830
Manx Shearwater - 5 out
Sandwich Tern - 47 in, 5 out, mainly distant
Eider - 152 visible from the north wall looking north
Meadow Pipit - 5 N!
alba Wagtail - 1N
Linnet - 2N
Turnstone - 120 but no Purple Sandpiper seen today

Intake reservoir
Guillemot not visible at present in the underground reservoir. They find plenty of food in there and 6 were previously ringed and released (including a nominate northern individual) when Guillemots were commoner and this habit more prevalent. They CAN find their own way out on the high spring tides.

[from the Walney site] "Early morning observations (0615-0815) were led by a group of 3 Velvet Scoter flying out of Morecambe Bay"

2 Spotted Redshank Teal Bay area. Lesser Whitethroat Aldcliffe area. 4 Scaup Glasson area plus northbound probable Marsh Harrier. Still 60 Twite Fluke Hall. 22 Avocet & 2 Med Gull Leighton area.