Saturday, 4 May 2013

Itsy bitsy seawatching

Heysham Obs
This unfortunately looks like being the theme for the rest of the spring seawatching season as the main protagonists are just not going to be as available as usual in the next week or so.  Help would be appreciated, especially during the incoming stages of the tide

Seawatch 0645-0700
A 50 minute journey (thanks to the two excruciatingly slow Argos trucks) and work away constricted what should have been at least 30 minutes of availability - same couldnt stay a bit longer:

Common Scoter - 2 out
Arctic Skua - lm in then on
Gannet - adult out
Manx Shearwater - one out (possibly 2 - very distant)
Kittiwake - 2CY inshore/outfalls
No terns

Sea 1015-1115
Kittiwake - flock of 90 eventually out high
Red-throated Diver - one u-turning
Common Scoter - 10 on
Sandwich Tern - 3

Office area -0705hrs
Grasshopper Warbler  -one singing by the car park

Middleton Nature reserve Canada geese passing over