Wednesday 15 May 2024

That’s more like it!!!

The early light NE wind switched to SE later in the morning. A basically dry day with just the odd spot of rain.

Seawatch Report - Pete:
Heysham north wall Sea 0535-0800: in unless stated: 
1433 Common Scoter. I’m sure 30 mins earlier start would have added a lot more scoter as over 1000 were 0535-0555!
2 light morph Pomarine Skua
6 Arctic Skua (one out very close; 4 light morph,  2 dark morph)
70 Sandwich tern
8 Arctic tern
1  Little Tern
9 Gannet
1 summer plumage Red-throated diver
27 Kittiwake (3 flocks out)
26 Guillemot
14 razorbill/guillemot
flock of 3 drake Goosander
29 swallow
3 house Martin 
2 Mute swan in
Spotted flycatcher came in off and landed on railing before quickly heading in over the road. 
Most of the scoter before 0600 and only two distant flocks seen coming out.  
In addition three very distant outbound probable skuas together with the rear one looking smaller but too far for any id

Heysham Head
I just did a quick check of the wooded area to see if there were any more Spotted Flycatcher (Malcolm).
Plenty of flies but the only things seen catching them were....
Swift 15 minimum, two constantly feeding over the wood kept chasing any newcomers away.
Jay 1

Some shots of the regulars from Janet:


Male Linnet

Fox - taking it easy

Heysham skear - low water 12:20 (Malcolm)
Eider 84
Red-breasted Merganser 3
Great Crested Grebe 5
Little Egret 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Oystercatcher 300
Curlew 1
Knot 1500
Turnstone 6
Bar-Tailed Godwit 42 - there were 41 resting on the skear, none showing signs of breeding plumage.

A solitary bird in at least partial breeding plumage was feeding with the Oystercatchers. Here an Oystercatcher finds a small crab, but can't find a suitable spot to eat it. It was still carrying it around over a minute later.