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Sep 18, 2017

Seaham seawatch & migrant hunting


Edited: Sep 18, 2017

Situated just about half way between the Tyne & the Tees, Seaham is a convenient mid point for County birders looking to try a bit of seawatching.


Three locations in use this week noting a good selection of species including :-

Sooty Shearwater, Grey Plover, Brent Goose, Great Skua, Snipe, Pintail, Pomarine Skua, Greenshank, Arctic Tern , Manx Shearwater, Grey Phalarope, Velvet Scoter, Gannet, Black throated Diver etc


https://goo.gl/6jvtrq - Seaham Hall Beach Car Park, Tonias café.

on the northern end of town - you can park 40 yards from the cliff top, with a couple of picnic benches. Loads of free parking & Café on site. Med Gull regular in car park, good opportunity to look for migrants in gulley on northern end of car park, with walks north along the (eroding) coastal footpath. Lots more scope for scarce migrants amongst the residents in and around Seaham Hall Dene, with Richards Pipit, Marsh Tit, Booted Warbler, Treecreeper, Corncrake, Siberian Chiffchaff & Water Rail etc all noted in this area.


https://goo.gl/9fxKfB - War Memorial 'Tommy' statue.

view point in centre of town, free car park - with view point immediately beside car - sheltered from elements , good choice of establishments serving food & drink. Close to harbour with resident Rock Pipits & Kittiwake colony. A small no's of terns & waders can be found here inc Purple Sandpiper. Late summer Little Gull are noted annually Harbour worth a check after a storm, Little Auk, Iceland Gull & GNDiver have been noted - hopefully a Grey Phalarope soon.....


https://goo.gl/ycrNDM - Noses Point car park, Dawdon Blast Beach

at southern end of town - ample free parking. somewhat of a windswept vantage point, but good elevated views. No facilities here, but the best scope to go birdwatching after a seawatch. This area can get busy with visitors, but has produced the greatest species list on the clubs "Migrant Watches" with varied habitats. Coastal paths lead to Hawthorn Dene with its woodland specialities Marsh Tit & Yaffle. Other residents in the area include Stonechat, 4 owl species, Peregrine, Willow Tit, RLPartridge, Tree Sparrow. There is a long list of rarities here, many at the "Blast Beach" including GGShrike, Short toed Lark, Pallass Warbler, Bluethroat, Bearded Tit, Wryneck, Black Redstart, BeeEater, Firecrest, Honey Buzzard, RBFly etc etc

Sep 19, 2017Edited: Sep 19, 2017

Yellow browed Warbler noted yesterday Tonia Café Dene (J.Turner).


Seawatching bench at "Tonias"




young Gannet



Arctic Skua on the sea, looked like an adult with 2 juveniles following it.






Sep 19, 2017

Had an hour & a half from the base of the north pier this afternoon


steady movement, lots of gannets including a couple coming in close to pier

15 plus RTDiver on the sea

8Sandwich Tern sth

2Arctic Tern sth

2Bonxie nth

6Arctic Skua nth

37Wigeon nth

2Pintail nth

26Teal nth

38Scoter nth


In the harbour

Kingfisher White Wagtail, juv Knot (1st for me here), 3Purple Sands

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