Friday, 11 May 2018

Two decent sightings

Early morning sea-watching was left to Nick at the Stone Jetty and, not for the first time, the single skua record in a south-easterly was a couple of Poms.  Then Jean had a very close encounter with an in-off adult Hobby which whizzed past very close at 'eye level' on Heysham Head - a really decent bird here which is barely annual

Remember the continental-looking Robin already bearing a British ring?  Not far wrong with the Fair Isle guess!  Note what is presumably a very held-up migration (from southern Europe?) this year in the poor weather

S808539        Ad          11/03/17          Kildary, Cromarty Firth (Highland)
Recaptured                   01/05/18          Heysham  420km  S  416 days

Sea stone jetty/north wall/knowlys on and off to 1020
Pomarine Skua - two light morph in 0635
Common Scoter - c60 early on then one out
Arctic Tern - 3
Sandwich Tern - c10
Gannet - two adults u-turning
Manx Shearwater - 1+6 as above

Hobby - Ad in-off 1015
Swallow - 22 N
Whimbrel - two OE saltmarsh
Wheatear - 4
Greylag - pair Middleton