Author: Pete Marsh

Perseverance wrings out the last of the decent storm driven birds

Winds still strong from west early on, but easing quickly. Staggered seawath till 12:00 (PM, SC) managed to locate.Arctic Tern – 5-7 out in loose gang with some backtrackingLittle Tern – one outSandwich Tern – two outGannet – one outManx Shearwater – 2…

Easing off slightly

The strong winds moved a bit more to the west and eased slihtly during the day. Early seawatching from jetty by Shaun. Other sea records from various locations at Heysham (PM, JP & MD)0500-0630Artic Skua LM out.RTDiver 2 inManx shearwater 12 in.Gan…

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The gale starts to provide and amazing Redstart double

Very strong SSW – SW winds all day. Very difficult conditions to watch in, but some interesting stuff around.  Most of the seawatching took place from the Stone Jetty with overall coverage from 0830 to 1400 (NG, TW, SC, PM, BC)Arctic Skua two…

The calm before the storm……hopefully

Very little variable wind today, but it’s expected to change in the morning with strong SW winds forecast. Meanwhile, there wasn’t much happening today.Rock Pipits still feeding young near lighthouseSwift 2 north over Heysham HeadThe following pictures…

The calm before the storm……hopefully

Very little variable wind today, but it’s expected to change in the morning with strong SW winds forecast. Meanwhile, there wasn’t much happening today.Rock Pipits still feeding young near lighthouseSwift 2 north over Heysham HeadThe following pictures…

Cygnet arrival is highlight!

Very little wind, particularly early on plus sun all day meant  the temperature soared. Lots of people out taking advantage of relaxed restrictions. But little else happening.Rock Pipits  – the lighthouse pair still taking food to nest hole.M…

Some welcome recovery news

A couple of decent recoveries here – a late autumn passage Blackcap caught in Holland on spring passage – prob Scandinavian bird and a Greenfinch found dead at Sedbergh in the breeding season.   Several Greenfinch ringed on autumn passage in Octob…

Still some decent stuff on the sea

A bit slower today, but still a few decent birds around. There shouldn’t be much overlap in these records as most of these were around the high tide mark at 0930Sea 0800-1000 Heysham harbour: (PM & JR)Arctic skua 1 probable dark morph very distant,…

Four well spaced seawatchers looking in slightly different directions at different heights above sea level

The first time this has ever happened here!   Sorting the records out was not easy as the skuas were obviously not heading overland and indeed most would have been missed by all observers had they done so as they obviously went in prior to st…

Decent coverage

Seawatch 6-9am – ref Nick Godden curtesy on LDBWS website Red-throated diver 2 Common scoter 60 plus hundreds more distantly in Cumbria Goosander 5 (4m) in Arctic tern 17 in (2,1,14) Sandwich tern 12 Arctic skua 3 (6.15, 2…

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