Thursday, 11 June 2009

Itsy bitsy coverage

.......all the work-related incoming calls were when I slipped out to check the gulls! I'm usually the only observer on Thursday.

North wall
Black Guillemot - not sure what is going on. One bird on the water & flew up to the hole twice "sticking its head in" then flying back down again. Definitely not feeding another bird therein. I suspect the second bird has gone but would obviously like to be proved wrong - if it hasnt gone, it is presumably sitting on an egg.
Great Black-backed Gull - still sitting on the nest on top of the old Fisher's building (some of the LBB and HG have tiny young but most also still sitting)
Manx Shearwater - flock of 3 across the mouth of the bay in 10 minutes seawatching.....before a phone call!
Gannet - 2 across the mouth

Ocean Edge/outfalls/Red Nab
Med Gull - adult summer (unringed) plus at least 2 x 2CY

Shaded Pug headed a reasonably varied catch as the wind (at last) stopped blowing into the trap window (always very poor catches during easterlies)

Red Kite east over Salt Ayre tip at 1050hrs. Was this a missed "seen from" the Obs?! Great White Egret still in the Leighton main dyke as visible from the Griesdale Hide to 1045 at least but NNEW since (to 1600hrs)