Friday, 7 November 2014

4 Skua Day!

A day of torrential rain at times and strong southerly veering to Westerly winds, meant that sea watching was the only viable birding to be done. Although there was not a huge passage of sea birds, there was definitely enough quality to keep me entertained, with a Grey Phalarope, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua and some Pomarine Skuas and more besides.  
Grey Phalarope at the fishing boats

08.00-10.45 and 13.10- 16.05 from the fishing boats with DW,AJG,MH,BM,PT
Brent Goose: 151 W   4 E
Shelduck: 2 W
Wigeon: 23 W
Teal: 6 W
Shoveler: 10 W
Pintail: 24 W
Common Scoter: 167 W
Red-breasted Merganser: 3 W
Red-throated Diver: 1 W  1 E
Gannet: 614 W
Sanderling: 2 W
Knot: 1 W
Bar-tailed Godwit:  3 W
Grey Plover: 10 W
Grey Phalarope: 1+ lingering
Great Skua: 5 W   1 E
Pomarine Skua: 5 W
Long-tailed Skua: 1 juv  W  at 14.55
Arctic Skua: 1 w
Mediterranean Gull: 2 W
Kittiwake: 193 W
Little Gull: 2 W
Guillemot: 7 W
Razorbill: 12 W
Auk sp: 103 W
Grey Phalarope at the fishing boats

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