Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Decent influx in strong winds

Heysham Obs
The Little Gulls were all at long-range apart from the harbour birds and for 'adult', read 'adult or 3CY'
Thanks Janet

North harbour wall 0900-0930
Kittiwake - flock of 17 blogging offhore
Little Gull - 2 adults far offshore heading out
Red-throated Diver - 2 out
Guillemot - 3, one close inshore
Auk spp - one out far offshore
Med Gull - adult and 3CY (latter on beach by heliport)
Twite - present but not checked properly

Harbour 0945-0955
Kittiwake - 2 Ad and 2CY by waterfall
Little Gull - 2 ads blogging in harbour mouth

Outfalls 1000-1010
Little Gull - 21 adults and presumably the same 7 2CY as yesterday - the adults were mainly at the seaward end.  Therefore 32 Little Gulls seen in total this morning
Kittiwake - 2-3 2CY
There may have been other Kitts and Little Gulls resting on beach with BHG, but not visible from O Edge

IOM passenger ferry followers 1215ish
Nice idea in theory but subhorizontal heavy sleet straight into the optics & poor visibility rendered it pretty impossible.  c15 Kittiwakes in the murk (but could have been 100), at least one ad little gull, presumably one already recorded

Middleton NR model boat pond late pm
Little Gull - ad, 3CY and 2CY
Med Gull - new 3CY - very faintly-marked wingtips

Grey Seal in the harbour mouth