Sunday, 1 May 2011

An even better Seawatch?

This morning Len picked me up at 6:30 on his way to Rossall for another seawatch in the hope of more terns and skuas. We arrived at 6:50 where Ian and Seamus were already present and had been for an hour although they hadn't had anything out of the ordinary. It was immediately obvious that the main Arctic Tern movement had dried up as birds were only moving though in 1's and 2's at the start, however even this dried up till 09:00 when the quality birds started to show. A small flock of terns appeared from the south and flew past quite close in allowing all of us to get onto them and confirm that they were in fact 6 Little Terns (yeartick), these were my first ever in the Fylde and one of my big targets for the year (as was Garden Warbler which i got a few days ago). Shortly after this an outburst from Ian along the lines of @*/$*@^% was the result of the male Long Tailed Duck from yesterday landing on the sea just offshore allowing for stonking as it drifted in on the tide for the next 10 minutes before continuing west. There were plenty of other highlights, too many to go into detail of so below is a summary of the totals between 06:50 and 11:10:

6 Little Tern
78 Arctic Tern
2 Sandwich Tern
Adult Little Gull
14 Gannet

male Long Tailed Duck
2 Goosander (pair on sea then east, rare off here even though we had a female yesterday)
8 Shelduck
5 Red Breasted Merganser
1 Red Throated Diver
30+ Eider
30+ Common Scoter

21 Bar Tailed Godwit (several in summer plumage)
6 Whimbrel
Snipe over
2 Knot (1 summer plumage)
1 Common Sandpiper (on beach, very rare here)
400+ Dunlin
1 Curlew
50+ Oystercatcher
20+ Ringed Plover
10+ Turnstone
10+ Sanderling

male Peregrine (hunting waders on the beach at high tide, flew right over our heads giving the best views of this species I've ever had!)

134 Swallow
4 Swift
5 Sand Martin
1 House Martin
1 Tree Pipit
17 Meadow Pipit
42 Goldfinch
1 Chaffinch
1 Greenfinch
6 Wheatear

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