Wednesday 10 May 2023

The sea not really providing

A light south to SW wind. Occasional and short showers.

Seawatch report from Pete:
Arctic Skua 1 dark morph
Sandwich Tern 7
Grey seal 1 
All the above early on, nothing later on the rising tide.

Heysham Skear - low water 09:45 (MD)
Shelduck 7 south
Eider 53
Great Crested Grebe 7
Red-breasted Merganser 3 females. This one flew off north before low water when they normally prefer to feed.
Waders continue to deminish
Oystercatcher c300
Curlew 2
Whimbrel 3
Turnstone 1

Watch this Carrion Crow catch a small Common Goby, I think this is very impressive. Turnstone etc feed like this instinctively, but this crow has worked out, or learned to feed like this!
There was no additional sediment over the skear today. I try to avoid stepping on the seed mussels, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Today it felt like walking over a carpet with a thick underlay. Which is, of course, exactly what it was......a carpet of seed mussels over a new underlay of mud.

South shore - high water 15:20 (MD)
I checked from Red Nab to saltmarsh towards high water.
Little Egret 2
Shelduck 2
Wheatear 3
Linnet 3
There were no waders at all on the shore from saltmarsh to Potts Corner

Middleton Nature Reserve (Janet)
Sedge Warbler

Mallard with 9 chicks on "no swimming" pond