Sabine’s Gull and more Leach’s Petrels

19th September 2010 – rain, heavy and squally at times SW4
The wind switched back to a more favourable south-westerly overnight and the day began well with a juvenile Sabines’s Gull that was seen at three locations along the island’s western shoreline as it moved steadily north (0745-0800). An extended seawatch (0830-1230) then produced 15 Leach’s Petrels with a further 7 Leach’s Petrel later in the day (1430-1630) increasing the day total to 22 - one of the largest ever for the island. It was definitely a day of quality rather than quantity with the supporting cast limited to 37 Common Scoter, 19 Razorbill, 12 Sandwich Tern, 9 Guillemot, 8 Red-throated Diver, 4 Manx Shearwater and single Gannet and Great Crested Grebe.

Juvenile Sabine's Gull