Monday 2 October 2023

Arctic Skuas

A late afternoon look at the sea, from Orcombe Point, was captivating. Ten Arctic Skuas were chasing gulls, at times teaming up to inflict maximum misery on their hapless targets. Also off there - a first-winter Little Gull, at least 7 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Sandwich Terns and 3 or 4 Common Terns.

Other brief spells of birding today, between long spells of heavy drizzle and fog, produced an Osprey and 100+ Swallows, south over West Lodge, 88 Great Black-backed Gulls and 38 Sandwich Terns on Bull Hill, 500+ Wigeon off Mudbank and the resident Yellow-legged Gull on the Imperial rugby ground.

The Arctic Skuas sometimes came over the beach below Orcombe Point. 

This Little Egret has some staining around the head - possibly oil?

An Osprey drifted through the fog, towards Courtlands Cross, before swinging back towards the river.

The third-winter Yellow-legged Gull was on the rugby ground next to the recycling centre today.

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