Sabine’s Gull

12th September 2011 – overcast/showers SW6/7/8
Observations along the western shore over the tide (0800-1400) were led by a juvenile Sabine’s gull moving out of Morcambe Bay at 1340hrs, also seen were 45 Common Scoter, 27 Kittiwake, 20 Gannet, 7 Sandwich Tern, 5 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Skua, 3 Manx Shearwater, 2 Razorbill and a Fulmar. High tide along the eastern shore saw 12 Sandwich Tern, 6 Gannet and single Little Tern and Black Guillemot sheltering from the teeth of the gale.
Grounded Migrants
The Yellow Wagtail continues to linger.
Wildfowl and Waders
Highlights of the monthly WeBS cout included 4350 Oystercatcher, 1885 Redshank, 840 Knot, 787 Curlew, 490 Turnstone, 260 Cormorant, 126 Ringed Plover, 118 Dunlin, 111 Grey Plover, 85 Sanderling, 50 Teal, 34 Wigeon, 6 Bar-tailed Godwit and 3 Whimbrel.
At least 8 Little Egret were along the eastern shore.