Thursday 2 May 2019

North-westerly seawatch

A bit of cloud cover with the odd smattering of rain and clear visibility suggested the only option this morning was the sea and it wasn't too bad but I do like summer plumaged Red-throated Divers!  Just noticed that we are equal with North Ron on 143 species for the year with a combined list of 177, but I think the missing quality is on North Ron's side - we would gladly swop Blue Tit for Mourning Dove!

Sea 0715-0830
Gannet - 2 in
Sandwich Tern - 27 blogging off the horse paddocks, 15 'in'
Common Scoter - distant gang of 20 in, 7 out
Red-throated Diver - 2, 2, 1, 3 and 5 high in (13 in total)
Great Skua - One out and seemingly across towards Walney 0800hrs
Swallow - 31 in
Kittiwake - distant gang of c15 in

Guillemot still in harbour

Heysham skeer evening low water
Eider c100
Great Crested grebe 5
Whimbrel 7
Bar-tailed godwit 14 (1 turning to sp)
Dunlin 3
Knot 12 (3 almost sp)

Common Pug was new for year