Monday 14 March 2022

The wind turns, but later than forecast

The wind in the morning was just about due south, it didn't shift to the forecast SW till after lunch.

South shore 
Pale-bellied Brent geese 55 on Red Nab (Pete)

Jean checked from the round head:

I didn’t see much in 2 hours from the Roundhead today 

3 Red-throated Divers (2 in and 1 out)

3 Whooper Swans (2 floating in and 1 flying south past the end of the wooden jetty)

2 Skylarks south

3 Pied Wagtails

2prs of Rock pipits in the harbour area, including the ringed male.

Heysham skear - low water 15:50 (MD)
My walk out coincided with a heavy squall driven by a strong SW wind, visibility was effectively zero!
It eased as I reached the western limit of the exposed skear, and revealed.......nothing!
Well, almost nothing, 18 Eider. No sign of any Brent geese.
But a bit of a bonus on the way back
Whooper Swan 4. Presumably blown in by the squall, they headed out over the skear, followed the coastline and then flew over Heysham Head.
One good thing about looking back from the skear, there can be no doubting the location 

Looks like the wind is back to, the less productive, SE tomorrow 

The water must be getting slightly warmer, this is the first anemone that I have seen open this year.