SE wind freshened during the day to almost gale force by evening, by then almost due south. The rain graciously held off till mid morning then increased in intensity with the wind. By later evening the wind was easing and the rain eased, but it's forecast to be a strong northwesterly by the morning.
Common scoter 1 in
Red-throated diver 2
Black guillemot 1 out 8.28
Auk sp 5
Kittiwake 30 out 2 flocks
Sandwich tern c. 35
Rock pipit singing male
I managed a surprisingly dry walk along the waterline out from Half Moon Bay and saw nothing not covered above (MD). Several of the Sandwich Terns were blogging and settling on the beach to preen.
|A slightly different shot with the edge of Heysham Head as a backdrop|
|Four Sandwich Tern preening on the beach|
They weren't just preening on the beach. These two were definitely thinking about starting a family!
|This is a rubbish shot of one of the terns, but does give a sense of the driving rain|
|As does this one|
|This Grey seal popped its head up in the harbour mouth, then quickly went back under.|
I think it must have been too wet for it!
|Thanks to Tia via Middleton Facebook site|