Thursday 16 May 2019

Puffin and other bits on the sea, blazing sunlight and very little on land

Sea 0615-0730
Puffin - two floating in 0710ish, then flew out and away towards the turbines and south end of Walney
Razorbill/Guillemot - 1+15 distantly out
Arctic Tern - flock of 11 early on and that was it
Sandwich tern - two first thing only
Common Scoter - 4 out
Gannet - about 13, possibly as many as 16
Carrion Crow - two in-off
Knot - 15 north
Swallow - 22
Whinchat - one flew through the seawatching field of view and landed on mound = female

Rock Pipit - seen once feeding young

The first rugrat of the season in the mist nets - a Blackbird!

The localised Ruddy Highflyer was in the moth trap yesterday ie a 14/5 record.  This is an easy one where eg the three streaks running from the apex of the forewing are in a 'line' and not overlapping -melanistic ones (common) are a different ball game as regards separation from May Highflyer