Thursday 14 April 2022

Glaucous Gull

Very light breeze, variable at times but mainly westish. High cloud with sunny spells.

Seawatch report from Pete:
Sea 0715 to 0950:
2cy Glaucous Gull NNW 0742
2 dark morph Arctic Skua in at 0753
30ish blogging Sandwich Tern
17 Common Scoter out
8 Red throated diver out (7 in summer plumage)
Pink-Footed goose 300 NW 07:30

Heysham Nature Reserve 
Janet had a walk around:
Green Woodpecker 1 yaffling from the wooded area just south of the bottom car park
First Speckled Woods this year
Janet could only locate three Mallard ducklings today
Kevin Singleton also visited today, his pictures may explain what happened to the other three ducklings.
........Great Black-Backed Gull. In Kevin's words "a huge brute"

South Shore (MD, KE)
Wheatear 8 (6 on foreshore plus 2 near lighthouse)
Wheatear on the sea wall near lighthouse 
Linnet 2 near lighthouse, they bred here last year.
Rock Pipit 4 (1 on Red Nab, breeding pair plus what appeared to be the one legged bird near lighthouse)
Kevin Eaves took this shot of one of the pair.
Rock Pipit

Nature Park
Chiffchaff 2 singing 
Blackcap 3 singing
Kevin went all Beatrix Potter!
Still, nice to see no sign of myxomatosis 

Heysham skear - low water 17:40 (MD)
Eider 150
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Great Crested Grebe 1
Little Egret 11
Sandwich Tern 2 started feeding at low water, the sea was flat calm, unfortunately the sky was white, making them difficult to spot, best against a dark background, this is the Power Station.
Sandwich Terns

I managed a clip of one feeding dive, this time unsuccessful.

Eventually they both must have caught as they settled on a small island for a rest.