Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Wind ruled the day

A very windy day (SW) gusting up to 40 knots, thin high cloud with sunshine, 11° and a very lumpy sea.

Land birds were hard to find today given the high winds blowing off the sea, however 3 Spotted Flycatcher in the garden, a Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, and 2 Bullfinch, elsewhere 1 Wheatear, 1 Sparrowhawk.

Some very intrepid Swallows were coming in through the day and 1 House Martin noted, 11 Common Swift also seen.

The sea produced the best birds of the day with the star bird being a Long-tailed Skua which all of us at the Obs missed and only the sea watchers at the bill saw it.

The rest of the best (that I saw) were: 1 Pomarine Skua, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, 3 Whimbrel, 15 Common Scoter, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 Black-throated Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 100 + Gannet and hundreds of Manx Shearwater that were passing at approximately 300 per hour during the evening sea watch.

Only a few shots of some distant Manx Shearwater.

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