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Heysham scarcities

Posted by pete marsh 
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 01, 2018 11:58PM
Iceland on a new waterfall in sw corner of harbour!
Velvet scoter seen for second day running in tidal readjustment flight c4hrs after the tide (from Knowlys road lower section)
No sign Chough on half moon bay fields in 30 min visit this pm
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 02, 2018 04:51PM
Iceland new waterfall
Chough second field - very vocal today
Velvet offshore heyshsm head with eider 1510 check
5 stonechat ocean edge saltmarsh edge
Ad med knowlys road high tide roost
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 03, 2018 02:00PM
Chough second field
Iceland gull sw corner harbour
At least four stonechat ocean edge saltmarsh edge
Tide wrong at Heysham for velvet scoter for most of day - I'm sorry but the gang looking for it at high tide (per dog walker) needed to have read the numerous postings about timing on here and Heysham site. About 1530 onwards today from heysham but stone jetty float in/out opportunities earlier
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 04, 2018 10:23PM
Chough in second field today
Iceland Gull 3W SW corner harbour first thing
Velvet Scoter floated past SJ at 1009 - distant black blob range!

Greenland White-fronted Goose with Pink feet at Cockerham and a low single figure sprinkling of Barnacle and Russian Whitefronts with north Fylde Pinks south of the area
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 05, 2018 12:36PM
Chough second field above cafe
Iceland gull waterfall pre tide
Juv Shag wooden jetty pre tide
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 05, 2018 05:00PM
Managed to get to Heysham on the bike today. In addition to the above, 2 Common Snipe and a Jack Snipe took off from the grassland area adjacent to the helipad mid-morning. The Jack Snipe then flew onto the rocks looking quite incongruous amongst the gathering Oystercatchers!

Re: Heysham scarcities
March 06, 2018 09:15PM
Chough second field
Velvet off knowlys road early stages tide
Common scoter - tight flock of 28 on sea
Male stonechat first field above half moon bay cafe new in

See separate posting re velvet.
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 08, 2018 11:53AM
Chough very vocal and mobile this am - it wants a friend - it patrolled the area between Heysham cliffs and half way down the North harbour wall, even landing on the near naze. Is it getting ready to go?

Velvet scoter available all morning offshore with eider - low tide period

Iceland gull on waterfall late am at least
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 10, 2018 05:53PM
Chough second field

Iceland sw corner harbour

Couldn't find velvet but a lot of ducks diving at long range
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 11, 2018 11:19PM
Chough straining at the leash again today and MAY have departed in the direction of Barrow very high at about 1200hrs or may just have had a prolonged thermalling session with some seagulls taking it way over the Bay - I lost it trying to change to scope so it was definitely in Cumbrian airspace when lost as a dot. Earlier it disappeared way to the south of the wooden jetty at 0835 and returned flying over Heysham NR for the first known time at 1115hrs

Velvet Scoter dead easy today by its standards on the dropping tide early am. I would suspect it had not floated in as far as the Stone Jetty on the neap tide

Iceland Gull - sw corner of harbour

See Heysham site for vis mig etc and Bittern record
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 12, 2018 06:04PM
Chough more subdued in rain in second field
Iceland gull sw corner harbour
Velvet scoter offshore mid am onwards at least
Shag around wooden jetty area and on waterfall for short time
No evidence of small passerine movement
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 12, 2018 08:58PM
Where was the VS. We were looking all morning and couldn't locate it.
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 12, 2018 10:49PM
Off the north side of the headland as viewed from knowlys road - I checked twice - the first time too early in relation to the dropping tide. The second time late morning (1030) it was slightly on its own north of a gang of eider, roughly level with Sunny Slopes, but not as isolated as yesterday. Needed a wing flap to be absolutely certain in the light conditions despite having seen it many times. Tomorrow around lunchtime would seem a good time tide, light conditions and weather wise. Very difficult in a lot of conditions without at least 30x unless wing flapping

What did you actually see on your visit please - just about to do bloglog

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 12/03/2018 11:59PM by pete marsh.
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 13, 2018 07:35AM
There was a lot of eider and at least one scaup. Scaup was to the rear of the group at about 1230 and about 3/4 of way out.

Had 45x but couldn't make it out. We were stood in the old chapel for a bit of shelter. Might have to join you one day to get a definitive!
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 13, 2018 10:03AM
Velvet showing now as seen from top of Heysham Nr with the first lot of eider to float out (jean Roberts). Benefit of a decent zoom lens. You must have been very unlucky yesterday. What sex was the scaup please?
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 13, 2018 11:17AM
Was a male. We were looking for about 2.5hrs, just couldn't make out anything that looked different to the female riders.
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 13, 2018 01:21PM
Thanks Matt - I wonder if you were just a little too early - it can be very difficult if it's asleep and not showing any partial bits of white on the wing or white by eye
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 13, 2018 06:21PM
We left at about 1245. Plus scope isn't exactly the best so could easily have missed it. Just means will have to try again, today would have been ideal!
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 14, 2018 08:27PM
Chough commuting between ocean edge football pitch and half moon bay today via hey Nr airspace
Iceland gull harbour now in 3rd s plumage
7 pale and one dark bellied Brent flew across from Barrow direction and fed on red nab
Tide wrong for velvet scoter during am
Re: Heysham scarcities
March 15, 2018 06:39PM
Chough a flyover garden tick for malcolm in Heysham village 500m from half moon bay fields
Velvet scoter on pager for 1445
Iceland gull at waterfall late pm
Brent's see thread
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