Saturday 19 May 2018

Alternative viewing to royal wedding

In contrast to the madness that was Royal Wedding fever on the TV, Heysham was relatively quiet and peaceful, a bit too peaceful really on the sea.

From the Roundhead/lighthouse on the south wall 0900-0930 and 1050-1350. Clear, sunny, hazy in distance, F1 WNW
Eider - at least 68 at low tide
Great-crested Grebe - 8
Sandwich Tern - 28 in the low tide channel, 2 in, then 19 on the sea further out
Mute Swan - 7 flew across the Bay then landed on the sea at 1105h
Common Scoter - 5 in at 1130 then 200 much further away floating in at 1205
Guillemot - 2 floating in at 1315h
Kittiwake - 1 floating in at 125h
Swallow - a grand total of 5
Shag - 2CY on the wooden jetty 1055-1350
Rock Pipit - suddenly appeared from inside the power station fence on the south wall and flew to the roundhead
Grey Seal by Heysham 1 outfall.
Alfie balloon floated in  - this is the second one seen.

Ocean Edge salt marsh beach
12 Dunlin and 11 Ringed Plover at high tide.