Wednesday 10 May 2017

Black goose fest

Spent most of the time going through 2100 large gulls on or around the skeers to the south of Heysham head - wish these were closer - very hard to find even eg a 'winger' amongst the masses.   Nothing could be found amongst the 99% imm Herring

Arctic Tern - flock of 16 in as soon as I got there at 0650 and that was it
Sandwich tern - 3 bloggers
Canada Goose - 3 'in' - rarer than Brents on seawatches!!
Swallow - just 5 in an hour
Black-tailed Godwit - flock of 5 2CY (or certainly non breeding plumage) in
Whimbrel - 2 in

Dark-bellied Brent Goose x 1
Pale bellied Brent Goose x 2 - still at Red Nab with the above

Whimbrel - 2 red nab

Visibility not good enough to see the scoter line of yesterday

Better than yesterday but didn't seem to be any ringers about today
Whitethroat - one north wall (and more eg Heysham MNR than yesterday
Willow Warbler - one north wall
Garden Warbler - singing males Moneyclose lane and Heysham NR
Wheatear - 6