Author: Pete Marsh

Another guest appearance

Goosander – Not as interesting as yesterday’s grebe, but a redhead on water to north of Heysham skeer at low water – this species is barely annual here.Shag 1 adult resting briefly near conger rock on skeer, before a short feeding session then disappea…

Black necked Grebe

This really is the winter of the unreliable and elusive at Heysham, probably due to complex circuits including extensive private or difficult to access terrain.  Notably ‘the’ Black Redstart.  Early winter, a Black necked Grebe was staled out…

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Jack Snipe surprise

Scoped from Knowleys Rd by Pete WoodruffMediterranean gull – 1 initially on shore then settled on horse field inshore of play area.Pale-bellied Brent goose – 6 out from the children’s play area on flooding tide.Ocean Edge salt marsh 30 minutes before h…

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Brentless today, but BRS compensates

No Brent geese got as far as Red Nab today. It seems hit and miss, at the moment, when they decide to cross over from the west side of bayBlack Redstart – 12:00 Red Nab was almost covered when it flew west to east over the remaining rocks and headed do…

Heysham welcomes back Canadian visitors

Pale-bellied Brent geese – they started arriving from west into the SE corner of Heysham skeer at 08:50.First these 10By 09:10 they had been joined by 12 moreAnd by 09:55, 26 were moving in with the tide towards rocks in front of children’s play area.B…

11 & 12 Jan

Sunday 12 Jan 2020Ocean Edge saltmarshSnipe – 32Jack Snipe – 1Reed Bunting – 4 overwinteringRock Pipit – 1Behind the ferryKittiwake – 35Mediterranean Gull – 2 adultsKnowlys Road field Early amMediterranean Gull – 1 adult***************************…

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Just bits and pieces – so far

No sign of any Brent today, checked south shore on rising tide and north side towards low water.Rock pipits – these seemed omnipresent along south sloping wall and near the lighthouse. Maximum seen at one time was 3. These could possibly have accounted…

Brent again

Pale-bellied Brent – minimum 1314:00 at least 5 amongst the rocks in front of the children’s play area, just north of Knowlys road.14:15 to 16:00 13 in the SE corner of Heysham skeer, alternating between feeding on the shallow water and wading ashore t…

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Brent – hopefully a welcome return

Inshore Skeer from Knowleys RoadMediterranean Gull 1 adultPale- Bellied Brent Goose 17 – this is the first known sighting this winter of the Brent feeding where they did regularly during the last two winters.Red-Throated Diver 1 – seen flying out …

Better than nothing – just

little coverage reported so far. A quick check of harbour area locatedRock pipit 2 together near No.1 outflowGreat-Crested grebe 2 juvenile feeding out from harbour mouthHopefully more later