Sunday, 10 May 2015


Field sketches of this morning's Pomarine Skuas.

Very quiet on the land again today but good on the sea, despite early morning murky conditions and a relatively feeble breeze. I did 0530 - 8'ish, and had a quick look off the beach huts again late morning, when the wind picked up. This morning's totals included 2 wheatear, 23 whimbrel, 2 common tern, 1 little tern, 3 great northern diver, 18+ dunlin, c30+ sandwich tern, 5 pomarine skua, 1 arctic skua, 1 fs mediterranean gull, and 4 manx shearwater.
Just 1 bar-tailed godwit and c30+ whimbrel were noted in the estuary.
The highlight was the 4 pomarine skua, 3 pale and 1 dark phase, that powered around Orcombe Point and in to the bay at 0705. All four spent 20 minutes sat on the sea, off the Lifeboat Station, before heading south and ditching again off Langstone Rock. A fifth bird went through at 1125 along with good numbers of auk sp and a few fulmar, but I didn't give it very long.

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