Saturday, 28 August 2010

National vis mig day one support

1CY Kittiwake on the outfalls today - thanks to Mike Watson
Heysham Obs
One hour by the office, then 15 minutes on the north wall, then 15 minutes or so around Ocean Edge.  West-north-westerly 3, increasing 4-5 with light showers.  Unfortunately, not very good conditions for vis.  Wind increased in the afternoon producing a few seabirds on the dropping tide

HNR office area 0630-0730
Grey Wagtail - one south (0645hrs)
Meadow Pipit - 2 south
Lesser Whitethroat - one in the bushes
Willow warbler - 2 in the bushes
Chiffchaff - 2 in the bushes
Blackcap - one calling

Arctic Skua - distant lught morph out pm(thanks Mike B)
Gannet - one distant adult-type out & across am
Sandwich Tern - two in the second channel early am, 22 'out' pm
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 9 'purposefully south' am
Common Gull - 2 as above am
Med Gull - two adults around

Ocean Edge
Pied Wagtail - 28 on the grass - all Pied
Little Gull - adult sat on the mud
Kittiwake - FIVE 1CY stage 2 outfall at high tide (thanks Mike W)
Little Egret - at least one in the saltmarsh channel (2 yesterday, per dogwalker)

North harbour wall
Birds on the 'mound'/Hoopoe compound in the late morning comprised:  2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Wheatear, 6 Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail and a Lesser Whitethroat hiding in the gorse - the first record for SD36V!