Saturday, 16 June 2007

What a very unexpected and welcome day!

Heysham Obs
Today was like a time-warp of a reasonable day in late April!

Wooden jetty/harbour

Black Guillemot: 2 on wooden jetty & later searching all the nooks and crannies for a suitable nest site. Surely too late this year..........

.......these two young love birds don't think so!

Shag: 2 juv on the wooden jetty

Other morning observations
Sandwich Tern & 2 Common Tern Heysham 2 outfall
Red-breasted merganser pair off Red Nab
Ringed plover 2 Red Nab#
Gannet - 2 in
Med. Gull: 1st summer outfalls area

Over/just after the high tide
Between 13:00 and 14:30:
Black Guillemots, both still showing well.
Arctic Skua, 2 probables (both dark) and one certain (also dark). Probably three birds, but at least two; one landed on the sea and was lost - later one seen and while watching it through the 'scope it joined the two Poms, buzzed them and flew into the bay with them.
Pomarine Skua - 2 pale morph into bay high, and continued in.
Little Gull 2 adults north
Sandwich Tern 5 blogging
Mediterranean Gull 1 1st Summer off harbour wall
Gannet 2 north
Kittiwake flock of 19 going out
Shag 2 still on wooden jetty

White-tailed Plover Leighton Moss - available most of the day but usually distant