Friday 26 May 2023

Well, there are some Rock Pipit youngsters..........somewhere

A light wind drifting from SE in the morning to NW by evening. The sun didn't break through till lunchtime, then constant sunshine.

Heysham skear - low water 11:00 (MD)
Greylag goose 2 low to north
Greylag geese

Eider 3 (2 females, first time they have outnumbered the males for a while)
Great Crested Grebe 2
Little Egret 4
Oystercatcher c150
Curlew 3
Bar-Tailed Godwit 3 - this one initially grabs a large section of tail, before getting the rest of the lugworm. It finishes off with a small section of tail that must have detached. The tails are just hollow tubes, but still protein. 
Turnstone 1
Sanderling 4 together

South shore (MD)
Just an afternoon walk down the sea wall to see what the Rock Pipits are doing.
Red Nab - 1 male display calling - not sure what has happened here.

Lighthouse - pair, at least one of them still feeding young, but it is unclear where the young are. I saw a bird with and one without food over the nest site, but didn't see one go to the hole, and I did see one fly towards the wooden jetty.
This one is collecting food before flying off with it.

Adult Rock Pipit with food on the harbour wall near the lighthouse 

Waterfall - again two adult seen. One without food sat on the harbour wall near the waterfall. Another with food perched, and calling, on the Power Station perimeter fence.

So both the Lighthouse and Waterfall pairs are still feeding young, but their whereabouts remains unknown.

At least 10 male Common Blue on the scrub near the lighthouse. One Small White.

Janet managed this clip of a Kestrel taking advantage of the inshore breeze on Heysham Head this lunchtime.