Author: Pete Marsh

Lunar Hornet Clearwing Is the star

Started with a southerly wind and showers. Almost breathless by evening.Middleton Nature Reserve early am (PM)Lunar Hornet Clearwing Moth.  First record for Heysham area. Attracted to pheromone lure.Harbour and outflows late am (MD)The solita…

Lunar Hornet Clearwing Is the star

Started with a southerly wind and showers. Almost breathless by evening.Middleton Nature Reserve early am (PM)Lunar Hornet Clearwing Moth.  First record for Heysham area. Attracted to pheromone lure.Harbour and outflows late am (MD)The solita…

Wind eases

The wind eased off during the day and shifted to the west. Rain early on then mainly dry.Two checks of south shorelate morningCommon tern 5 adult on and around OutflowsRock Pipits – 2 together on Ocean Edge foreshore. 1 near lighthouseLate afternoon&nb…

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Good coverage and excellent records

The SW winds blew hard, and, mercifully the rains largely held off till later in the afternoon.Several observers contributed to today’s records: SC, PC, MJ, NG, KE, JR, PM, MD . Thanks to all.Today’s morning seabirds from Heyshsm/Stone Jetty: Bonx…

Terns hang around

The winds eased slightly today, getting wild again tomorrow. Rain pretty much on and off all day.Only two reports so far, hopefully more laterMediterranean gull 1 adult plus 2  x 2nd calendar year flew south, early in the tide from Red  Nab. …

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A good year for Fulmar!

Very strong SW winds all day, heavy driving rain in the morning, more showery by evening.The rain was horizontal at high water 10:30. This was compounded with driving sea spray. You’d have to be a fool to venture along the south wall……. Anyway, thi…

Watching mussels grow!

Light westerly breezes. Some rain for most of the day, but a little sunshine by evening.Not much to report. So far all I have is the merger fare from my check of the skeer at low water 16:40. (MD).Todays title reflects the highlights, it is somewhere b…

From storm to flat calm

There was hardly any breeze this morning, and the sea, that just two days ago was a brown and white tempest, was a blue mirror! Later a gentle west breeze picked up and it was quite warm in the afternoon when the sun came out.Red Nab on late Incoming t…

Still a few bits of interest about

The wind quickly eased to almost nothing, mainly overcast with just a few light showers.Harbour and outfalls:  0500-0730. (SC)Little Gull  1 adultMediterranean Gull 1 adultKittiwake 6 adult + 1 2nd cy.Sandwich Tern 4Common Tern 2.Gannet 2.Ful…

The storm, reluctantly, delivers a Petrel.

Strong SW wind easing slightly during the day. Heavy showers in the morning, but afternoon onwards largely dry.Pete(M) managed three hours sea watching early to mid morning from Heysham:Common Tern 3 No.2 outflow, these were present, at least till mid …