Wednesday 2 August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August

Work is progressing on the Dune Ridge, but there remains no access to the hide or Warren Point. Seawatching during the day saw morning counts off 10+ Pomarine, 29+ Arctic and two Great Skua with 25+ Common Tern. An afternoon/evening watch saw 11+ Pomarine, 43+ Arctic and eight Great Skua. Also passing a distant large shearwater sp, 37+ Storm Petrel, 100+ Kittiwake, three Arctic Tern amongst a few Common and good numbers of Sandwich Tern. Also heading south 35+ Common Scoter, 26 Common and six Mediterranean Gull, five Knot, four Whimbrel and a few Manx Shearwater.

The Warren saw far fewer shearwaters than headlands further south in Lyme Bay but considerably more skuas. Considering the lower number of skuas and in particular the absence of Pomarine Skua elsewhere it is likely there was some duplication of birds as they undertook feeding circuits in the bay.

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