Saturday, 4 May 2013

Skuas and Swallows

Sun and cloud, a little rain, 14º, fresh W, a cool and windy day.

The land was quite dire today with very few migrants around; two Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Wheatear and a Redstart were the only species of note.
Hirundine passage started a few hours after dawn and continued until around midday when it dried up, mainly Swallows with several hundred passing over, a few House Martins and a couple of Sand Martins.

Also eight Swift, four Hobby and a Whimbrel in off the sea a Raven and a couple of Sparrowhawk noted.
The sea passage was it little more obvious today with all three Skuas passing, four Great Skua, five Arctic Skua and a Pomarine Skua, also approximately fifty Manx Shearwater, sixteen “comic” Terns, twenty plus Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, two Red-throated Diver plus Fulmars, Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills and a few Kittiwakes.

All in all a fairly quiet day.
A couple of the regular obs garden birds. Greenfinch and Great Tit

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