Saturday, October 16, 2010

Seawatching ...

A cool north easterly found me down on the Howick coast path twice today. An hour early doors and 40 minutes this afternoon.

I had -

Red throated Diver 9N 3S
Black throated Diver 1N a nearly summer plumaged bird.
Manx Shearwater 1N
Sooty Shearwater 13N
Brent Geese 5N
Common Scoter 6S
Wigeon 65N
Mallard 11N
Goldeneye 3N
Puffin 1N with dark, winter plumaged head. Looked like Little Auk at first...
Skua sp 4N too far out.
Long tailed Skua 1N dark juv with Kittiwakes. Looked same size with slight build...
Arctic Skua 2N   
Pomarine Skua 3ad 8 juvs N all in afternoon 40 mins. Some close in, very nice.
Bonxie 3N

Plus thousands of Kittiwakes and, this morning, Gannets. This afternoon though Kitti's streched as far as the eye could see, it was as if the whole greenland population was offshore....

Not a sniff of a Fulmar.

A couple of walks around the Village etc had 5+ Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 80+ Linnets. 1 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 35+ Skylark in one flock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 110 Pinkfeet S, 3 Little Grebe, 3 Teal, 1 Chiffchaff, 13 Long tailed Tits, 3 Speckled Wood and a Roe Deer.

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