Friday 11 May 2018

Friday 11th May

A change in the weather brought a change in the birds. Seawatching during the morning was productive but contrary to sites further south the afternoon numbers were disappointing. Totals for the day included 495 Manx Shearwater, 260+ auks - all those close enough to identify were Guillemot, 131 Gannet, 85 Kittiwake and 13 Fulmar. Scarcer species included the first Black-throated Diver of the year, eight Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, an Arctic Tern, five Arctic and a Great Skua; on the sea a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver and an Eider.

Elsewhere migrants were again in short supply with just four Swallow through all day and counts from the estuary included 25+ Sandwich Tern, 13 Dunlin, 11 Whimbrel, seven Ringed Plover, five Sanderling and two Bar-tailed Godwit.

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