Wednesday 6 April 2022

First Tern

A fresh SW to SSW wind. Some sunshine and some showers.

Pete and Jean checked from key locations - report from Pete:
North side low water channels
341 Eider
18 Red-breasted Merganser
8 Great Crested Grebe
2 Pintail 

Red Nab
32 Pale-bellied Brent goose
6 Dark-bellied Brent goose 

Heysham seawatch - too clear and wind too SSW, but:
Single Sandwich tern new for year 
12 Gannet
30 Common Scoter 
7 Red-Throated Diver 
4 Guillemot
1 Razorbill 
1 drake Goosander (uncommon in the recording area)

South shore (MD)
The earlier Brents had left Red Nab when I passed at 13:00, but at 13:15, 32 Pale-bellied, almost certainly the same birds as above, returned from the north side.
Some of the 32 Pale-bellied Brent flying to Red Nab

On returning to Red Nab at 14:00 the Pale-bellied had been joined by 9 Dark-bellied. There were two with the Pale- bellied and these 7 together.

This next clip is just to show how lighting affects the appearance of birds. I went to the other side of them and the sun came out briefly, making them look quite pale, but they are dark-bellied.

Strangely, as the tide flushed the birds, only six of the above seven birds flew off together, presumably the same six seen earlier.
Dark-bellied Brent

Wigeon 2
Rock Pipit 4
Shag 1 2nd calendar year in the harbour - first record for a while
2nd calendar year Shag 

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