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Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
Posted by pete marsh
Not too bad this morning and Nick has just texted to say the Arctic Tern passage has 'flurried' with 80 in last 15 mins 0900-0915
The list unfortunately does not include Black-browed Albatross where only the Starr Gate observers have seen it - it didn't go past Rossall (and therefore in towards us) nor past Walney at the 'prescribed time' and must have gone out to sea in what isn't particularly good visibility
Arctic Tern - 200 counting Nick's latest 80 (one gang of 40 high inland over Heysham Head just prior to the first DM Arctic S doing the same)
Black Tern - one on its own close inshore heading in
Common Scoter - 80ish mainly going out
Manx Shearwater - unusually tight flock of six in (IOY)
Kittiwake - high flock of 6 adults in
Arctic Skua - one DM high NE over Heysham Head 0625, one int/DM in 0750
Sandwich Tern - counting distant birds well over 60 blogging, gradually reducing as the morning went on
Swallow - c40 in
Sand Martin - 2 in
Rock Pipit - both parents seen with food for the harbour wall pair
Guillemot - still in harbour near waterfall, often sitting on structures (has been reported as a 'penguin'!!)
Covered JBP from 5.40 - 7.00 this morning with no sign of a tern or a skua. 7 whimbrel, and a garden warbler in Jack Scout the "highlights". An incredibly still hour - no turn on the wind turbines, and a reflection of the power station in the sea! Excellent visibility, but viewing from the breakwater seat could have missed anything that started up the Keer Estuary before heading in direction of Leighton Moss.
15.15 - 16.30: again no seabirds, but a few more waders on the rising tide - 9 whimbrel,
6 black-tailed godwits, 14 dunlin, and 2 turnstone. Also pair of rbms, and 53 eider off the salt marsh at 16.20. Fresh SW wind.
Stone Jetty 6:00-9:45
Arctic tern 197
Common tern 3
Sandwich tern c. 20
Black tern 1
Arctic skua 1 dm
Manx shearwater 13
Common scoter 96
Auk sp 2
Diver sp 1 distantly
Sanderling 59 my first here
Yellow wagtail 1N
Rock pipit 1 N
Redpoll 1 N
Swallow 74 N
Sand martin 3N
House martin 1N
Pleasant seawatching conditions for once with calm seas, a very light variable wind and warm sunshine.
Today it was the turn of auks to provide the main highlight of the watch.
Razorbill/Guillemot 74 into Bay and 106 out of the Bay
plus definite Razorbill 18 in and 8 out
plus definite Guillemot 4 out
Common Scoter 253 in and 22 out (a tiny fraction of the count off Walney yesterday - see Walney blog)
Gannet 5 fishing and probably same 5 out
Kittiwake 1 in, 5 out
Manx Shearwater 1 out
Arctic Tern 4 in
Little Tern 1 in
Sandwich Tern 4 in, 3 out and 10 blogging
Swan sp (presumably Mute) 9 headed towards Grange
Pink-footed Goose 3 north
Swallow - still terrible with just 6 north
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Grey Plover 1
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