Friday 9 May 2014

Routine seabirds

Heysham Obs
The early morning sea-watch was quite entertaining if you like going to Bempton Cliffs, but not a lot of cutting edge fare

Sea 0700  (too late?)-0820
Gannet - 57 out plus at least 5 others heading in which had not u-turned - some very close views of all ages
Arctic Skua - two dark morph together messing about just beyond the red buoy but either went in behind the wave troughs or didn't pass during the 45 mins subsequent to sighting
Fulmar - one out
Shag - 2CY on the water then flew in and across in the direction of Grange - most unusual this time of year
Razorbill - 2 together in
Guillemot - one in
Auk spp - 4 distant together in
Kittiwake - one 2CY in
Arctic Tern - 3 out together

Evening sea watch
Manx shearwater - 35 out
Great skua - 2 out
Little gull - ad out
Whimbrel - 1
Young Coots on MNR