Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Today was cold with winds from the North-West that were strong throughout, strengthening further in the late afternoon into evening.

Winds were perfect to bring through a good wave of autumn seabirds and they didn't disappoint. The first Leach's Petrel of the year flew South in the morning and a further 2 were seen later in the day from the North End. The first Sabine's Gull was picked up in the early afternoon amongst a flock of Kittiwakes, clearly showing the size difference between these two similar species.
Other highlights from the day came from the evening, when skuas started pouring through over the sea, totalling 16 Great Skuas, 13 Arctic Skuas and 7 Pomarine Skuas - all seen in under two hours.

The day's sea-watch totals came in at: 2502 Manx Shearwaters, 1518 Kittiwakes, 1027 Gannets, 159 Auk sp., 19 Arctic Tern, 24 Arctic Skua, 21 Great Skua, 7 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Leach's Petrels and 1 Sabine's Gull.

Elsewhere on the island, 1 Spotted Flycatcher was at Nant along with 15 Goldcrests, 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Chiffchaffs.

George Dunbar Seawatching

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