Sunday 5 November 2023

Little gulls linger

A very light breeze more or less from NW. Sunny in the morning but clouds gathering after lunch and rain in the evening.

Heysham skear - low water 10:15 (MD)
Very low neap tides at the moment low water was only 3.5m, barely exposing the inner skear. But it was a lovely morning and an enjoyable walk.
Shelduck 2
Eider 8
I had hoped that there may be Brent geese this morning, but no, although there is more gutweed here now than there was a month ago (still not much though).
Great Crested Grebe 4
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Little Egret 8

Oystercatcher 600
Curlew 10
Redshank 100
Knot 400
Turnstone 30
Dunlin 9
Bar-Tailed Godwit 17 - these are two godwit coming in to join a feeding party.
These are also godwits, but the clip is really about the beauty of the waves gently rolling in. Far from the distant barking dogs.

Bar-Tailed Godwit
This is another nice clip that gives a sense of the skear in these conditions. Nothing exciting, just Dunlin, Turnstone, Oystercatcher and Bar-Tailed Godwit going about their business.

South Shore
Shaun checked this morning:
Outfalls 09:00-10:30: 
1 Sub adult Little Gull
1 adult Mediterranean Gull 
1 juvenile Artic Tern still present (No. 2). 
Wigeon just 104.

I checked late afternoon just before the rain began (MD)
Shelduck 115
Bar-Tailed Godwit 6 on the rising tideline
Number 2 outflow was still holding the main birds of interest:
Little Gull 3 - the 2nd calendar year/adult bird plus 2 x 1st calendar year. Both the young birds appear in this clip, by this time (15:45) the light was already fading quickly!

First calendar year Little Gull

Arctic Tern 1 juvenile 
Red-Throated Diver 1 - this seems to be a different bird, still obviously in moult (I've never seen such a pathetic wing flap!), it appears to have remnants of its red throat, unless it is an oil stain.

This clip begins with it swallowing a small fish, then pans out to show just how close to the sea wall it was feeding.

Red-Throated Diver