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Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite

Posted by pete marsh 
Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 08:40AM
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

Sea 0615-0930
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'!!)
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 12:01PM
C40 Arctic tern came in high over slag tips, before heading back out to Jenny Browns.
1 Avocet came in high from Morecambe direction and headed towards Eric Morecambe pools.
1 Whinchat (male) opposite stock car track by Keer.
C30 wheatear in total along marsh and slag tips
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 05:16PM
Unusual - they usually just fly overland without much hesitation in clear weather. Some JBP news would be useful
for this am
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 07:42PM
Are you doubting the penguin sighting? I'd have thought it was worth trying for as a new species for Lancashire.

Jeff B
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 09:03PM
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.
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 09:31PM
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
Wigeon 1
Gannet 6
Razorbill 5
Auk sp 2
Diver sp 1 distantly
Kittiwake 33
Sanderling 59 my first here
Yellow wagtail 1N
Rock pipit 1 N
Redpoll 1 N
Swallow 74 N
Sand martin 3N
House martin 1N
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 11, 2019 09:43PM
Thanks for sorting out the stuff which was over the far side Nick - the SJ is much better for that providing the birds go in that far. Keeping tabs on Arctic Skua - was yours the one Bill Martin had at 0750 past Heyshsm heading steadily in or another? Thanks
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 13, 2019 11:47AM
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

Ocean Edge
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Dunlin 65
Grey Plover 1
Re: Seabirds this am copied from Heysham blogsite
May 14, 2019 03:22PM
Quieter today in the one hour but still decent raz/Guillemot nos for here
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