Thursday, 3 September 2009

A largely sunny day – the first for some time – still had strong westerly winds battering the island: potentially good seawatching weather. Early in the morning a couple of Grey Phalaropes were seen offshore with a feeding gathering of shearwaters, and a drake Wigeonflew past with 12 of the 25 Common Scoters that were seen. An impressive 120 Sandwich Terns, two Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas, 20 Dunlins, two Redshanks and a Ringed Ploveralso passed in front of the hide. In the afternoon, another stint in the hide produced close views of a smart-looking adult Sabine’s Gull feeding with Kittiwakes and a large flock of terns, comprising around 70 Common Terns and ten Arctic Terns, that were occasionally panicked by the appearance of three more Arctic Skuas. A Balearic Shearwater was also seen in the afternoon. A Greenshank was with the usual waders roosting in the harbour, and a Garden Warbler was feeding on berries in Ty Capel garden.

A selection of images of birds seen passing the north hide today

Shag (c) Steve Stansfield

Kittiwakes (c) Steve Stansfield

Gannet (c) Steve Stansfield

Dunlins (c) Steve Stansfield

Curlew (c) Steve Stansfield

Arctic Skua (c) Steve Stansfield

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the lovely pics of the birds.Wish I was there.I tried to come over today but couldn't get hold of Colin.I hope Liz is enjoying all the birds.Ann