Monday, 16 May 2011

Waders and wheelers in the mist

Heysham Obs
Hopeless first thing with dreadful visibility but, as often happens in these conditions, a few birds flying 'out' came within visual range (just about) nearer & over high tide.  Peering into the mist undoubtedly favoured noticing the more obvious species i.e. Gannet and the single Bonxie, but I really dont think there was anything else!

North wall very intermittently to 0700-1100hrs
Gannet - 47 out, mostly 1030 onwards
Great Skua - one out 1037ish
Fulmar - one out 0730ish and probably another in the mist later
Whimbrel - 3 out
another wheeling thing in the mist may have been a Manx

Red Nab
2CY Kittiwake feeding in the surf at high tide

Ocean Edge foreshore
Sanderling - 2 in situ, joined very briefly by a flock of 5 which then flew towards Red Nab
Ringed Plover - 16
Dunlin - 18
Whimbrel - 9