The cold NE breeze freshened by 08:00. Mainly overcast with some brief sunny spells.
|Pete must have been bored, he took this shot of me, back in full winter plumage |
I must wear that hat more often, makes me look like I have hair!
|This is what I was looking at, the two blogging Sandwich Tern|
Eventually a total of eight went through
|Five closed anemones waiting for the tide to return|
|But when I touched its leg it retracted slightly, so not dead yet.|
I then noticed the fresh damage to the shell, either side of the barnacle.
|This is a front on view|
|This small crab (you can just make out a couple of legs) is prone to being stranded |
with such a relatively large, unwieldy, shell, but at least it is well protected.
|Note the large right hand claw used to block the shell entrance|
LDBWS Heysham 'open weekend' this Sat & Sun.
The first half of May sees the peak of Arctic Tern and Arctic Skua passage, as they fly into the inner bay on their Spring migration. Meet Shaun Coyle, Dan Haywood and other seasoned society seawatchers in the carpark of St. Peter’s Churchyard Heysham (suggested parking- Knowlys Rd or the pay-and-display in the village) at 7AM for a two-hour+ session over the dropping tide.
If you're not an early riser we'll be birding in the area till 11 AM but note that for terns etc., early morning is usually best.
As well as looking for terns, skuas and auks on the move we may also see offshore swallow and swift passage and search for songbirds making landfall on the headland. Telescopes can be useful but are by no means essential– binoculars are fine.
We would also like to offer short guided walks around nearby Middleton NR at this double-morning event, where the focus would be singing scrub and wetland warbler species. Please let us you know if this appeals and we can make arrangements.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in the event (stating which day you would like to join us) so we can gauge numbers and plan– note we’ll be moving around using the ‘rule of six’ but there will be plenty of space on the head!''
Please note that this open weekend event replaces the May 8th event-- when weather is predicted to be foul. Looking good for this weekend though!