Monday, 21 April 2014

21st April

I was pleased I made the effort of an early-ish morning sea-watch this morning with four new species for the year in an hour and a half that was packed with activity including the first Puffin passage of the Spring, a strong movement of Razorbills and first at 07:05 the jagged black velvet of a dark morph Arctic Skua cutting across the waves just 50m offshore then a few minutes later a menacingly low Great Skua moving north further out.

Connecting with skuas in the Spring can be tricky and I've had years where it's been summer before I have caught up with either of the two commoner species so I was pleased to get both in a single morning.

Later in the day a Grasshopper Warbler reeled briefly east of Woodhorn Flashes and I had a second sea-watch session for an hour late afternoon that was less productive. Full details below:

Razorbill 162 > N
Gannet 31> N
Manx Shearwater 1> N
Sandwich Tern 16> N
Puffin 39 > N
Red-throated Diver 4 > N
Red-breasted Merganser 2 > N
Arctic Skua 1 dark morph > N (07:05)
Great Skua 1 > N (07:13)
Common Scoter 7 > N
Shelduck 4 > N
Arctic Tern 2 > N

Sandwich Tern 29 > N
Tufted Duck 2 > S
Red-breasted Merganser 1 > N
Razorbill 1 > N
Puffin 2 > N

Purple Sandpiper 15 present; Red-throated Diver 3 on sea.

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