Seawatch totals 0750-1000 Heysham:
Arctic tern 1 adult + 1 juvenile
Leach's Petrel - at least one early on - seen twice between squalls from Knowlys - second time further into bay and further inshore (then zilch visibility to follow up)
Gannet 1 adult + 1 juvenile
Pintail 28 out in 5 flocks plus single.
Brent geese (prob PBB) on the sea then lost in squall,
Common Scoter 1 drake
(one ‘probable’ Kittiwake miles out!)
Nothing on the outflows as they are not currently fully operational
South shore (MD)
Mid Morning check.
Rock Pipit 3
Stonechat 1 female by the saltmarsh, but very flighty.
Originally it was spooked by the resident Kestrel and I thought it had moved on as I couldn't relocate, but I did get another glimpse in the evening.
By continuity of activity I have assumed the now resident Kestrel to be the emancipated bird photographed 13th September. If that is the case, it is looking much healthier now.
|Kestrel - now hunts along foreshore and over the saltmarsh|
I couldn't see anything on the sea, but this clip of the pilot boat, gives a good indication of this morning's conditions.
I fared a little better on my evening check
|Gulls sheltering from the wind|
|Young Gannet (MD)|