We watched the sea from 0715-0915. I was on Heysham Head, Pete at Ocean Edge
Sandwich Tern 246
Arctic Tern 31
Manx Shearwater 11
Auk sp 5
Guillemot 2 floating out
Common Scoter 11 (7 and 4)
Red-throated Diver 2 out
Whimbrel 8 on Red Nab plus 2 others flying past
Lesser Redpoll heard 6 times
Meadow Pipit 2
Tree Pipit 1 (Ocean Edge)
Carrion Crow 28 on the shore and 5 flew inland.
Grasshopper Warbler reeling
Lesser Whitethroat singing (first of the year)
Reed Warbler 1 (first of the year)
Rock Pipit displaying
Heysham Head foreshore - mid morning (MD)
I just went down to see how the Rock pipits were doing, most of the sea passage stuff was beyond my range, but I did see several of the Sandwich tern.
Whimbrel 10 (these almost certainly additional birds to Pete and Jeans)
Rock Pipits - there were at least two solitary birds "standing guard" between Half Moon Bay and the high cliffs.
|This is the "I'm on guard" pose. This is the high cliffs bird. |
The implication being there are two nesting territories along this stretch.
With, possibly, a female on the nest.
There were a pair just below the northern point of the Head. The male was very agitated and noisy (including displaying) at my approach, meanwhile the other bird was looking for food, hopefully for some nestling chicks, in what would be a third territory.
This one, is stalking a Whimbrel, I initially thought it was the male "seeing it off", and it may well be, but it is also taking advantage to eat the invertebrates disturbed by the Whimbrel.It could be busy this year, if all three territories result in chicks!
Heysham skear - low water 15:00
Eider not counted but at least 50
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Wigeon 2 (male and female, presumably off passage)
Dark-bellied Brent goose 1
|This immature bird was feeding on, the now plentiful, weed on the north side of the skear|
Sandwich Tern 10 - popular slabs appears to be a recurrent theme at the moment, most were resting on this one. Sometimes you see a male bring the female a fish, I got the impression that this returning bird is being told to go and do just that!
There are reports of further tern movement this evening, involving over 100 birds. But it isn't clear yet what species. This post will be updated when more details become available.