Early morning Sabine’s Gull and Leach’s Petrels

14th September 2011 – sunshine and showers WNW3/2
The gales of the last few days had blown themselves out overnight and early morning saw the pick of the sightings with an adult Sabine’s Gull, 5 Leach’s Petrel and a Great Skua heading out of Morecambe Bay, also seen were 38 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 8 Gannet, 5 Razorbill, 3 Shag, 2 Sandwich Tern, 2 Kittiwake and single Manx Shearwater and Fulmar. A noticeable southbound passage of Lesser Black-backed Gull was also evident with 205 birds recorded.
Grounded Migrants
A few more grounded birds were in evidence with 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and a Wheatear logged.
Diurnal Migration
Totals through the course of the morning included 100 House Martin, 40 Siskin, 20 Meadow Pipit, 10 Swallow and single Grey Wagtail and Tree Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
A group of 5 Shoveler were seen and waders included 20 Greenshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff.
A Water Rail was heard.