Saturday, 5 July 2008

Mistimed 'spring' tide checks of outfalls area

Heysham Obs
Stage 2 outfall/Red Nab/Ocean Edge saltmarsh
Arctic Tern - 2 adults on outfalls
Common Sandpiper - one Red Nab, three Ocean Edge saltmarsh
Black-headed Gull - leucistic bird
Med Gull - 2nd S on Red Nab late afternoon - did not have time to plough through the anglers to check the north harbour wall

Middleton IE
Grasshopper Warbler - one juvenile seen
Sand Martin - 2 (unusual here in mid summer)

Harbour mouth
Black Guillemot seen (thanks Oldham birder)

No sign of the returning ad Yellow-legged Gull as yet on the outer Lune Estuary during a pretty thorough search from the Sunderland tidal road (no heat haze). Humming-bird Hawk Moth seen along the canal between Torrisholme and Newton yesterday (4th)