Category: Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)

Back to standard fare

A fresh westerly wind and largely sunny.Only my stuff so far (MD), there were a few birders in the area, but no reports so far. We seem to be alternating between feast and famine, with regards to the rarer birds. Let’s hope that continues tomorrow.Sout…

More BRS and feeding Shag

The day started with strong SW wind and heavy rain, but the wind eased as it shifted to west and by lunchtime the sun was shining.A good selection of birds today, but they were not easy and involved at least 4 observers.Black Redstarts Lunchtime P…

Ah well – back to duck counting

The wind was back SSE first thing, then worked round to SW. showers in the morning, becoming more prolonged in the afternoon.South ShoreA first light check to see if Black Redstarts could be relocated, didn’t even manage to find a Rock Pipit. The only …

Sunshine, Starts, Swans and surprises – what a day!

 The wind had eased and shifted towards NW. After early rain it was mainly sunny.Heysham Skeer – from low water 08:30 (MD)Eider 40 seen, but many more heard from the outer channelGreat Crested Grebe 8Red-breasted Merganser 4Knot c500Dunlin 12The D…

A "snipe" treble

It wasn’t a nice day! Strong SSE winds in the morning with driving rain. The wind strengthened and shifted westwards, ending up almost due west by evening. Less rain in the afternoon and the sun almost made guest appearance late afternoon.South shore m…

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Better than expected, but not by much!

Still quite a strong SSW wind, a few light showers but mainly dry.Today was one of those days, when you feel you could walk around all day and see nothing. Then I realised, that is nonsense! There is lots to see, perhaps not rare or unusual, but I don’…

Just bits so far

Strong west to SW wind a few bright spells in the morning, but largely overcast with a few showers in the afternoon.South shore – mid morningRock pipits 2 on Red Nab 1 near the waterfall Linnet 25Several Common Snipe plus at least 1 Jack SnipeWige…

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Eleven ringed Knot read!

The wind shifted back to SW and strengthened significantly. Some very heavy showers, some of hail.Kittiwake 1 adult offshoreMediterranean gull – 2 adult followed the ferry into the harbour. Later 1 was on No.2 outflow, but only for the duration of a pa…

Another quiet day

The wind was back to SE more due south later. Mainly overcast and showers, but occasional sun.Only my stuff so far (MD)South shoreWigeon c100Linnet 24Common Snipe 13Middleton Nature Reserve Gadwall 9Teal 3Little grebe 2Shoveller 1 maleThis male Sh…

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A bit more variety

Winds still largely SW. Plenty of sunny spells but also some heavy showersSouth shoreWigeon c170Mallard 2Common Snipe 6Jack Snipe 4Linnet 25Rock Pipit 2 – This shot of a Rock Pipit shows how “real” colours can be affected by strong sunlight.The sun is …

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