Yesterday morning was spent in our usual positions eyes screwed into the scope, facing east.
|From the left - Sam the dog, the nicest, most well behaved seawatching company you could have, Sam's dad, Mark Eaton and John Rutter. My scope is in the middle...In the background you can see the Sooty Tern cliffs...|
Cullernose is getting a bit of a reputation these days, at one point there were six observers looking at the sea. That is a record number of birders here when there has been nothing to twitch ( the Sooty Tern will never be beaten on that score).
The wind had dropped significantly to a NW4 from the last two days making watching much more comfortable. We watched from 7am - 12 noon with the following results.
Sooty Shearwaters again took pride of place with 407+ N you could never get an accurate number as they are passing all the time often at long range.
Manx Shearwater 6 N
Storm Petrel 1 N close in, a great bird for here and my first since the 2011 influx.
Bonxie 6 N
Arctic Skua 1 N
Barnacle Geese 254 N inc a strikingly leucistic individual.
|Barnacle Geese with the leucistic 'snow' goose with them...|
Pale bellied Brent Geese 18 N
|Adult summer (top) and juv Great Northern Divers.|
|A tiny Yellow browed Warbler graces our garden. It really is autumn...|