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|
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.
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)
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.
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.