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  • Jean Roberts
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    A combined effort from 20 of us led to 71 species being seen in the Heysham and Middleton area today.

    SEA highlights:
    Sandwich Tern 6 – mainly blogging
    Arctic Tern – 23 low over the water then rising high in the sky to go overland
    Guillemot – 1 whirring in quickly seen only by PJM
    Gannet -1 distantly, seen only by PJM
    Common Scoter – 10 seen distantly only by PJM
    Whimbrel – at least one
    Whooper Swan – 6 late ones heading north.
    Eider – not counted but plentiful around the skear
    Red-breasted Merganser – 3 pairs
    Great-crested Grebe – 2 pairs

    LAND highlights:
    Rock Pipit on the cliffs
    A surprise Grasshopper Warbler moved through, heard but not seen
    Whitethroats galore on Middleton NR
    Lesser Whitethroats not quite as galore on MNR
    Reed Warbler – 2 at MNR
    Sedge Warbler – several at MNR
    Cetti’s Warbler – heard by a few
    Willow Warblers,Chiffchaff and Blackcaps singing.
    Just Garden Warbler missing from the Middleton warbler-fest.
    A vivid red male Bullfinch was a joy to behold even if its song was a bit pathetic!

    SKY highlights aka “vis”:
    Pink-footed Goose – 35
    Tree Pipit – at least 2 heard by those with exceptional hearing
    Lesser Redpoll – at least 5
    Siskin – at least 2
    Swallow – 53 (if we count the 40 seen by PJM from the North Wall)
    House Martin – at least 2
    Sand Martin – at least 1
    Meadow Pipit – 2

    Others may have different highlights.

    Let’s see if tomorrow’s watchers manage to do better……You know the target to beat!

    Dan Haywood
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    A good summing up Jean! I think we can do better tomorrow. Went to delete my posting but don’t know how!

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