Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Fairly strong westerly winds produced the best sea passage of the year so far, with large numbers of birds heading south past the seawatching hide all day. Amongst some passing 15,000 Manx Shearwaters were 19 Balearic Shearwaters, six Sooty Shearwaters, 25 Fulmars, seven Arctic Skuas, five Great Skuas and the first Pomarine Skua of the autumn. 3000 or so Kittiwakes were also counted offshore, along with 76 Common Terns, seven Arctic Terns, 32 Sandwich Terns and, the best bird of the day, a single Little Tern. 45 Whimbrels also headed south at sea, while waders around the Narrows included a Common Sandpiper, a Knot and a Sanderling. Three Kestrels and a couple of Sparrowhawks were the only migrant landbirds of note.

Manx Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater (c) Steve Stansfield
Sandwich Tern (c) Steve Stansfield
Juvenile Kittiwake (c) Steve Stansfield

As well as Sandwich Terns (top) and Arctic Terns (bottom), a Little tern was seen off the north end (c) Ben Porter

Gannets (top) and Kittiwakes moved through in numbers. pictures (c) Ben Porter

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