Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Seagulls and Whimbrels save the morning

Heysham Obs
A late start (anyone seawatching earlier on the incoming tide?) saw absolutely nothing over the sea 0945-1030, despite a bit of wind and white horses.

North harbour wall 0945-1030
Whimbrel - 8 flew north close inshore

Red Nab/Ocean Edge/outfalls 1035-1100
Med Gull - 2CY new in - this one has a well defined mask, black-tipped orange bill and a grey 'cast' over the crown between the masks.  Legs not seen (c/f rings).  First for a bit in a below-par passage
Kittiwake - the 2CY still on Heysham 2 outfalls, joined by a 'new in' rather scruffy adult-type
Common Gull - 287, one adult, c5 3CY, rest 2CY
Black-headed Gull - 9
Whimbrel - 18 on  Red Nab flew south towards the Lune estuary