Monday 26th MarchThe Ecology and Conservation of Riverine Birds
Posted by pete marsh
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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