Saturday, 10 May 2014

A strong wind whipped up from the south-west, ensuring that most of the day's birding efforts were focussed sea-wards. The most noteworthy rewards of scanning the turbulent crests and troughs of the waves came in the form of an Arctic Skua-just the second of the year-, and the first three Common Terns of the year. Manx Shearwaters were passing in good numbers: a total of 1203 were recorded in the space of a couple of hours mid-afternoon, whilst 500 were seen in just 15 minutes later on in the afternoon, leading to at least 4000-odd during the day. A total of two Red-throated Divers, 20 Fulmars, 45 Gannets, four Purple Sandpipers, 72 Kittiwakes, 34 Guillemots, 352 Razorbills and a Puffin were also logged during the day.

Linnets have been making good use of the daisies, celandines and sheep's sorrel in the hay fields at the moment
The largest passage of Manx Shearwaters so far this year was recorded during the afternoon- a total of 1200 were seen between 1340 and 1540, whilst 450 were recorded in just 15 minutes later on, indicating towards figures much nearer the 3000 mark for the day

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