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Heysham Head

Posted by P Crooks 
Heysham Head
May 17, 2020 01:23PM
Sea-watching from St Peter's Church, Heysham Head (0615 - 1035 hrs). Most of the activity was quite distant offshore:

5 Arctic Skua - 1 light morph flew out of the Bay at 0702; 1 dark morph out at 0740 and was joined by a second dark morph which presumably flew up off the sea;1 light morph out close inshore at 0810; 1 light morph out at 0825.

2 light morph Pomarine Skua flew out at 0740 - initially behind one of the 2 dark morph Arctic Skua at that time but were soon 'left behind' by the faster moving Arctics and unlike the Arctics they never moved more than about 1 metre apart and continued to hug the waves as they flew steady off towards Barrow.

Gannet - 9 adults flew out, 4 (adult and 3 2nd CY) flew in

Common Scoter - 144 flew in (largest group = 36); 149 flew out (largest group = 20), but difficult to be sure of the true number as many flocks u-turned or split up and reformed and some groups may have flown in and out several times!

Auk sp. - 43 flew in (largest group = 12); 66 flew out (largest group = 16) a rather more consistent picture of groups flying in then returning out. The few that came close enough to be confident of their identification were all Guillemots.

Kittiwake - 23 flew out (groups of 5, 6, 7 and 5)

Manx Shearwater - 2 flew in at 0815

Sandwich Tern - 12 (or perhaps the same 3-4 birds 'blogging').

Pete C
Re: Heysham Head
May 17, 2020 08:37PM
See Heysham Obgs site for combined stuff from four scattered observers at different heights!
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