Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Long-tailed Skua

An excellent seawatch from Whitburn this morning. The strengthening north-westerly did the trick with loads of birds passing, including some quality. Star bird of the day was a juvenile Long-tailed Skua that went south following a flock of four Arctic Skua.

Arctic Skua    2n  20s
Manx Shearwater    23n  2s
Common Tern    34n  40s
Puffin    1n
Little Gull   11n
Red-throated Diver    1n  1s
Velvet Scoter    1s
Dunlin    8n
Common Scoter    10n  1s
Sandwich Tern    17n  64s
Arctic Tern    20s
Curlew    2n
Whimbrel     1n
Pomarine Skua    1s
Long-tailed Skua    1s
Sooty Shearwater    1n
Teal    40n  1s
Shag    1n
Black Tern    2n
Knot    1n
Bonxie    1s
Ruff    1n
Swallow    2n
Wigeon    3n

At Shibdon more Black-tailed Godwit have dropped in, mostly fresh juveniles. Only other wader of note was a Common Sandpiper.

Black-tailed Godwit

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