Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Evening skuas enhance the day

Heysham Obs
Managed to negotiate the outfalls seawall barrier to be moved back to Heysham 2 outfall (thanks to Mark for most of the work here), therefore viewing from the region of Heysham 2 outfall will now be possible.  There will be no access, however from Gate 38 (see sidebar) or any further along the seawall as this is a construction site as they repair Heysham One outfall (which might also send all the birds on to Heysham 2 !)

A bit of poor-quality "windy weather" seawatching this morning in conditions which were too clear, better later on

Sea 0630-1030 on and off, on and off during the day then 1745-1845
Gannet - at least 40
Manx Shearwater - 3 (IOY)
Sandwich Tern - 3
Fulmar - 1
Sanderling - 2 heading south accompanying about 35 Dunlin (IOY)
Swallow - 4 NE
Great Skua - 2 out then perhaps on 1835 hrs
Arctic Skua - dm in 1825hrs

Ocean Edge/non-op land
Wheatear - 8
Little Egret - 3 on Red Nab

Middleton NR
Little Ringed Plover - no sign of yesterdays mating pair in poor weather