Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Berry Hd

Seawatching 0600-1300hrs:
53 Pomarine Skuas of mixed ages most with short spooned tailed but several with full spoons, largest single group 8 (remarkable passage for Aug), 31 Arctic Skua, 21 Bonxie, 66 Balearic Shearwaters (including a very white undersided bird, structurally spot on for Balearic but white even extended thinly between the legs), 402 Manx Shearwaters, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Little Gull, 721 Kittiwake (inc 61 juvs), 39 Common Tern, 5 Sandwich Tern, 748 Gannets, 24 Fulmar. 22 Common Scoter and Harbour Porpoise. ML, MD & DMN
Immature (not always easy to age but 1st summer left, and a trickier 2nd perhaps 3rd summer on right - difficult to work out what is going on in the underwing coverts! ML) Pomarine Skuas. MD

Marsh Harrier (while driving home) being mobbed by gulls heading west low over Tweenaways at 14:45, could not refind it for a photo! MD