Saturday 26 November 2022

Still a few seabirds around

A relatively light south wind freshened during the day. Mainly overcast and dry with a few glimpses of the sun.

Report from Pete:
15 minutes seawatch awaiting the noon ferry:
Kittiwake 1 adult out
Razorbill 1 out
Greylag Geese 2 out

Behind Ben my Chree 12:05
Kittiwake 1 adult
Mediterranean gull  one 2cy with more black than usual on primary tips and not the 2cy which was on ocean edge grass briefly yesterday

I escorted a field trip organised by Deborah Woods (The Bay – Community & Engagement Officer (Morecambe)) (MD)
We started at Heysham Nature Reserve, along the dog walk path to Red Nab, then to the lighthouse and back again 09:30 - 11:30. This is the list of sightings:
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-Tailed Tit
Cetti's warbler 1 calling near the pond along the dog walk path
Wood Pigeon 
Carrion Crow 
Little Egret 
Rock Pipit 1 along the sea wall
Kingfisher 1 on Red Nab
Kittiwake 5 adult on the outflows
Black-Headed gull
Common gull
Herring gull
Lesser Black-Backed gull
Great Black-Backed gull
Shag 1 x 2nd calendar year at its favoured roost on the wooden jetty
Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk. This is the link to the webpage where Deborah posts upcoming events

Unfortunately, answering the many interesting questions left little time for photography, but I couldn't resist a couple of snaps of the Kittiwakes.

Adult Kittiwake 

A quick check in the afternoon fading light by Steve Brown saw at least two adult Kittiwake still on the outflows.