Sunday, 17 May 2009

Heavy westerly winds and obscene numbers of skuas being reported from just a few miles away prompted renewed enthusiasm for seawatching. Several hours in the hide produced, not before time, a solitary and very distant Pomarine Skua panicking a flock of gulls, as well as an equally long-range view of a Black Guillemot. A pleasant surprise in the afternoon was a Firecrest, discovered hiding in the catching-end of the heligoland trap. A few odds and ends lingering from earlier in the week continued to take sanctuary in the available cover: a Wood Warbler was sheltering in the withies, along with a Common Whitethroat and a couple of Blackcaps. A Yellow Wagtail and a White Wagtail were still on the beach.

17 May 2009 © Steven Stansfield

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