Monday 29 April 2024

All quiet on the Heysham front!

A strong south wind all day became even stronger in the afternoon. A dry morning but a showery afternoon.

Pete managed to stick out a seawatch for 45 minutes on the incoming tide.
Just 4 Sandwich Terns out
Porpoise 1 out from the harbour mouth
Wheatear 1 male near the lighthouse 

Howard took this fine shot of a Knot a couple of weeks ago.
At that time there was just a hint of their red summer plumage developing.

Heysham skear - low water 09:50 (Malcolm)
Didn't count the Eider, Mergansers or Grebes, but similar number to recent visits.
Shelduck pair (male on right)

By now, many of the Knot and Bar-Tailed Godwits are in partial to full summer plumage.
Knot in the foreground, Bar-tailed Godwits behind.

Bar-tailed Godwit
Knot 500
Bar-tailed Godwit 12
Whimbrel 5


Other waders included: Oystercatcher, Curlew (just 3), Redshank, Turnstone and Dunlin .
The Dunlin were again after small shrimps.

Peregrine Falcon, two attacks while I was out, probably why there were less Knot than of late.

South shore (Malcolm)
Just a quick lunchtime check from Red Nab to the saltmarsh saw almost nothing.
Whimbrel 1
Linnet 3
Lesser Whitethroat singing from the scrub behind Red Nab. One held territory here last year.

Just out of the recording area - horse paddock behind Middleton Parish Hall

Glossy Ibis - feeding mid morning