Arctic Skua 4 loafing and moving N. 3 pale ads and 1 intermediate phase.
Manx Shearwater 74 N
Sooty Shearwater 2 N
Bonxie 2 on the sea
Roseate Tern 1 ad 1 juv together
plus the usual Gannets, Razorbills and Guillies ( with chicks loafing close in), Fulmars, Shags, Sandwich and Arctic Terns etc.
I was left scratching my head at a small skua that drifted south just too far out to id properly. A pale phase bird, it was very relaxed and casual in its flight making me think that this was a Long tail. The breast was pale but I couldnt see the extent of it. If this was Newbiggin...
Walking back up the field my first Merlin of the autumn flew north along the coast path.
A few new moths were added to the list...
Spindle Ermine I think? It looks very white?
Slender Brindle (Gotcha!)
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If I caught this moth at my site I would have no hesitation in recording it as Large Ear. The reniform is narrow because the basal segment of it is filled in with brown, leaving just a tiny satellite of white at the top. This is very characteristic of Large Ear and the shape and rich coloration fit this species too.
Roy Leverton, Moth Recorder, Banffshire, author of 'Enjoying Moths']
If thats what Roy thinks it is that'll do for my list. Large Ear it is.