Sanderling day

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Not too bad a seawatch this morning given the lack of any substantial wind or showers (as per promise a week ago!)Sea 0715-0830Arctic Skua - light morph flew in heading NE, then turned and circled up and headed "over Barrow" - not seen this migration strategy before (but regular with Kittiwake)Red-throated Diver - 1 in distantly and a close 2CY outRazorbill - I in very close (nearly 'under' the scope!)Guillemot - 1 inRazorbill/Guillemot - 6 inKittiwake - single adult outSandwich tern - just the one - inCommon Scoter - flock of c25 inGannet - 17 in and a few distant 'outs' presumed sameSanderling - flock of 19 outOutfalls/Red NabSanderling - at least 40 amongst a mixed flock/tideline scattering of c350 small waders, mostly with 'pale bellies', therefore this or RP, mostly too distant to see in the heathaze.  Went round to Potts Corner b...
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End of spring season feel

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Having said that tomorrows seawatching might be a bit better in the SW winds.  Sea for about 30 minutesSandwich tern - 3 bloggingGannet - one outTurnstone - 129 on wooden jettyNothing at all of note around the other side with only 15 Common and 5 Black-headed Gulls accompanying small numbers of big gullsNo waders other than Oystercatcher and 5 Curlew on Red Nab/along tidelineWhite-shouldered House Moth in trap...

Seabits

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Sea 0745-0845Arctic Skua - one dm on then inSandwich Tern - loose flock of 6 flying out slowlyKittiwake - flock of 13 across then seemingly outRazorbill or Guillemot - one inManx Shearwater - 2 out distantlyCommon Scoter - one outGannet - one outIn addition a big thing was being mobbed by seagulls in the heat haze in line with Roa Island - could have been anything from a heron to a harris hawk which leaves a lot of options...
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EDF breeding bird survey

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A fairly comprehensive breeding bird survey of EDF property took place today - if anyone within the operational areas of the power station has anything to add, please email Pete (see sidebar for details).  Examples would be Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail and other things which like using buildings.On the positive side were a singing male Goldcrest, singing male Garden Warbler (possibly a late migrant) and an Oystercatcher on a nest - none of these three have been proved to breed successfully before. On the downside, no Ringed Plover, no Grasshopper Warbler (Trimpell tanks were checked)no Reed Warbler (yet? - they can be late), seemingly no Great Spotted Woodpecker and similarly no Water Rail.  Willow Warbler were in above average numbers with most of the rest of the stuff 'as expected'ChiffchaffFor the first time for a long time, the...

Overland skuas

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Not a bad little seawatch considering expectations were not high0745-0900 north wallArctic Skua - lm and dm flew NE high over Heysham Head 0805hrs having come from the general direction of Walney lighthouse, climbing and circling when they reached the yellow buoysGannet - flock of 6 (4 ads) inGuillemot/Razorbill - 22 inGuillemot - 14 inCommon Scoter - flock of 7 outKittiwake - 8 in very distantlySurvey boat out there from about 0815 - be nice if a birder was aboard and got on to the single presumed auk flying out which appeared to show big white upperwing patches - just too much heat haze to get enough definition on the birdThe moth trap actually produced some moths at last:  Two Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, 4 Small Square Spot and a Scalloped HazelWatch out for the possibility of Small Yellow Underwing moth if you are wandering ...
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No early coastal coverage

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Middleton (thanks Malcolm)Little grebe on model boat pond, pretty sure they have nest in reeds in SE corner.Newly fledged long tailed tits (still being fed).Female Mute on no swimming pond constantly adjusting eggs, I suspect that hatching is imminent.No Swimming pond Cetti's singing (twice) from western edge.No reports of any migrants today and seemingly negative news on the Brent GeeseA Small Square Spot graced the moth trap (Silver Y yesterday)First Common Blue reported this year (thanks Janet)...

Bits

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Brent goose - the three still red nab am at leastManx shearwater - two very distant pmCommon scoter - flock 5 very distant pmArctic Skua - dm sat on sea mid range pmRed-throated diver - 2cy out close inshore pmSpotted flycatcher - at least one heysham head royal hotel area...
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Better than expected

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A better than expected sea-watch from Heysham North Harbour Wall this morning (0630 - 0940 hrs) (Peter Crooks) with not a lot seen after then by the follow-up observers!Coastal/offshoreArctic Skua - 1 dark morph flew in at 0810 and landed on the sea before continuing into the bay 5 minutes later.Common Scoter - mid-distance groups of 4, 3 and 7 were completely overshadowed by flocks of c.250, c.70, and finally c.1000 swirling about on the horizon and landing on the sea at very long range.Gannet - 81, including 32 in a single scan across the BayKittiwake - 3, then flocks of c.60 and c.85 suddenly appearing at mid-range (descending from higher?), then forming tight 'kettles' and gaining height, but seeming not to fly further into the Bay.   Later 40 similarlyGuillemot - 1 inSanderling - groups of 4 and 7 flew out, then 9 flew in/acr...
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