seabirds

A day at sea

An amazing day at sea today (Sunday 22nd June) first up spotted a very large male Bottle Nosed Dolphin traveling at speed. We saw lots of Manx Shearwaters the most so far this year. Finally, a lone Storm Petrel, unfortunately it was being badly harassed by both Herring and Black Back Gulls, let’s hope it managed to evade them… you can read more about storm Petrels here.

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Kittiwakes

The last couple of days have been spent watching kittiwakes collecting nesting materials from the foreshore here in Staithes.  At one point the kittiwakes were even taking material from a herring gull’s nest,  while the herring gull put up a fight the kittiwakes continued to pinch it’s nest.   A quick count of  nests on the end of Cowbar Nab show that the colony has nearly doubled from last year…  114 nests so far this year. […]

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Red-necked Phalarope

What a great day to be walking on the foreshore,  blue skies and sunshine.  Spotted a peregrine and a red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, just south of Staithes harbour.  It looked like the phalarope was walking in one of the tidal pools but it was in fact swimming.  Phalaropes have lobed toes, which sets it apart from other wader birds, these ‘toes’ enable phalaropes to swim in pools and out at sea. Very unusual to see […]

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Arctic Skua

Sean spotted the first Arctic Skua, stercorarius parasiticus, off Staithes this year on 11th July.  It was mobbing the herring gulls for their food, it’s a common habit of Skuas to chase and harasses gulls, terns and guillemots until they drop their prey which the skua quickly picks up and swallows. The Arctic Skua is a medium sized bird with pale patches at the end of it’s pointed wings.  It can be seen in the […]

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Northerly Gale

Got to hope that this northerly gale is short lived, as it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the nesting sea birds.  Let’s hope that not too many of them are hatched and that the parent birds are still sitting on the nests.  Tonight’s forecast of heavy rain doesn’t look good for the puffins in their burrows either.  Here’s hoping it blows over soon.

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Manx Shearwater

  Sean spotted two Manx Shearwaters, Puffinus puffinus,  at sea today (Thursday 16th May 2013) the first he’s seen this year.  So  it seemed appropriate to share another of John Pethullis’s wonderful photo of a Manx Shearater with you.  Think you’ve got to agree it stunning, isn’t it..? Manx Shearwaters spend their winters on the coast of South America, while they breed here in the UK, though mainly on the west coast, as well as […]

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The Kittiwakes have arrived in Staithes…

  The first Kittiwakes, rissa tridactyla, arrived in Staithes yesterday, 29th March a little later this year,  they arrived on 20th March in 2011 and 16th March in 2012.  Their normal habitat is usually well out to sea, they only come ashore to breed.  Kittiwakes have a very distinctive voice, ‘kitti-wake’ or kala-week’ making the colonies very noisy places indeed. Kittiwakes breed in colonies on narrow rock ledges of steep cliffs, making the end of […]

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