West to WNW fresh wind, overcast with a few showers for most of the day, but the sun broke through early evening
Pete managed a brief check:
Mediterranean gull - At least 54 Red nab/Heysham outfalls in quick scope sweep from Ocean edge foreshore - could have missed some eg 2cy (5 juvs)
I just had a walk along the sea wall early evening. Not so many Meds around but this juvenile was feeding on No.2 outflow.
|Juvenile Black-Headed gull|
The wall was noisy today, a number of the large gull young are now fledged. Adults were defending them from all intruders (me and a Peregrine). Plus many youngsters begging to be fed.
|Newly fledged Lesser Black-Backed gull walking along the sea wall|
In contrast, the lighthouse Rock Pipit was waiting for something (anything!) to beg. She offered me a nice selection of beetles.
|Rock Pipit missing feeding the chicks which now seem to have moved on with Mum|
Little Egret 3
Redshank 25 in one flock
Curlew seemed to be in constant passage north, as were the Oystercatchers
Shag a 2nd calendar year flew into the harbour and started feeding. It didn't bother with the waterfall, even though the gulls there were catching Sandeels. It dived a couple of times near the platforms before moving around in front of new customs building, and out of sight.
|2nd calendar year Shag|