Monday, 18 May 2020

Still some decent stuff on the sea

A bit slower today, but still a few decent birds around. There shouldn't be much overlap in these records as most of these were around the high tide mark at 0930
Sea 0800-1000 Heysham harbour: (PM & JR)
Arctic skua 1 probable dark morph very distant, possibly one of SJ birds; light morph in at c0930
Red- throated diver 3
Gannet 5
Manx Shearwater 1
Razorbill 1
Guillemot, 5
Kittiwakes 37 in two flocks
Fulmar 1
Common Scoter 1

Stone jetty looking south  06:00 - 08:45 (Nick and Shaun)
Pomarine skua 5 flew out of the Bay (4 at 6:38, 1 about 7:15) 
Arctic skua 3 or 4 flew out 
Fulmar 2 out 
Auk sp 3 in 
Sandwich tern 1 
Whimbrel 2

Lighthouse area 07:00 - 08:00 (MD)
Mediterranean gull 1 -  2nd calendar year out
Fulmar 1 out - likely one of the two seen from jetty.

This bird must have flown low along the north harbour wall. It suddeny appeared low in harbour mouth.
Gained a little height

Then cut across the south harbour wall roundhead - all over in 5 seconds!

Rock pipit 1 seen taking food to nest hole in harbour wall near lighthouse