Saturday, 14 July 2012

Dog Days

Crutch-less and birding again the leg seems to be healing well, I've put in a few hours here and there over recent days between work and the kids, enough to note the pendulum swinging towards Autumn. A new larger seawatching chair to accommodate both the dog and I was a bargain £8.99 in the almost ever-present sales we have these days.

From the ample space of said chair I had my first Sooty Shearwaters on Thursday with two feeding well offshore with some Manxies and Kittiwakes. An intermediate adult Arctic Skua was the first skua of the year as I had a totally blank spring on the skua-front.

This morning six Manx Shearwaters flew north along with 2 summer-plumaged Red-throated Divers and 67 Common Scoters split across two flocks. A dozen Med Gulls loafed in the south bay in front of the Bank Top Clurb.

Wader passage has begun to pick up too with a Green Sandpiper at Castle Island amongst three Common Sandpipers and a Greenshank on the flooded corner of the horse paddocks behind Bothal Pond. A nice Pectoral Sandpiper found by Dave Elliot at Cresswell Pond did the decent thing on Friday and hung around until I finished work and hobbled down to view through someone else's scope. A male Marsh Harrier loitered around whilst there.

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