Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Is this still the autumn passage season??

On the forecast for the next few days, possibly worth checking the nooks and crannies of sheltered water/flotsam etc for Grey Phalarope (and make sure offshore detritus isnt a moribund Frigatebird). Not sure whether the direction and strength combined will produce a dose of Leach's - clearer by Saturday pm with early Sunday morning perhaps looking the most promising..........but it can all so easily change! On the current projected synopsis, if there are any birds Saturday pm, EARLY Sunday am at Heysham NHW could produce close views as they fly out in the recent veer to NW after an overnight SW/W gale. Please dont waste your time seawatching at Jenny B.P. Sunday morning as per 1st October!

Heysham Obs
Very static scenario this morning apart from:

Shelduck - 9 south
Skylark - 1 SE
Song Thrush - 1 SW
.......from 20 minutes seawatching and 30 minutes "vis"

North wall/harbour
Shag - two juvs - very mobile
Med Gull - 3 adults dip-feeding in the harbour mouth
Linnet/Twite - 39 in flight only - just enough time to count them - "fair number" of Twite on call

Outfalls/Red Nab/OE foreshore
Arctic Tern - ad still s2o
Mistle Thrush - 11 on football pitch