Long-tailed Skua, Garganey and Golden Oriole

11th May 2011 – overcast then sunny SW3
A superb Long-tailed Skua flew slowly close inshore into Morecambe Bay at 0930hrs and the first-summer male Golden Oriole put in another appearance early morning.
At last a hint of westerly in the wind and apart from the Long-tailed Skua observations (0900-1000) produced 2 Arctic Skua and a Puffin amongst 100 Kittiwake, 38 Guillemot, 29 Gannet, 11 Arctic Tern, 3 Razorbill, 2 Manx Shearwater and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Willow Warbler was the only evidence of newly grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
A small movement of 40 Swallow held single House Martin and Lesser Redpoll.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Garganey and drake Gadwall were both newly arrived and waders included 5 Whimbrel.
Gaganey and Gadwall.