Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Wednesday 2nd May

Highlight was an unexpected Black Guillemot that flew in from the east and landed distantly offshore mid morning. Only the 11th site record and the first since 2013 there was unfortunately no further sign. Morning seawatching also produced a Balearic and 30 Manx Shearwater, seven Great Northern Diver, four Little Tern, two Great Skua, a Mediterranean Gull and two distant flocks of 'commic' tern totalling 58 birds. Given the numbers elsewhere in the UK today these may well have been Arctic Tern. In the evening three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were on the sea with two Eider, a distant Arctic Skua harrying Kittiwake and a flock of 14 Arctic Tern which flew up river with four more 'commics'.

Elsewhere two Wheatear were the only passerine migrants and in the estuary a flock of 38 Pale and three Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the Bight with 32 Whimbrel, 17 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 12 Ringed Plover and two Bar-tailed Godwit.

Ringing News: One of the Pale-bellied Brent was ringed as a first year bird at Makki in west Iceland in May 2009.

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