Skuas move out of Morecambe Bay as the weather clears

11th August 2011 –rain/drizzle/mist WSW3/2
Intermittent observations off the western shore throughout the morning (0700-0900, 0950-1025 & 1130-1215) proved unrewarding with just 43 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern, 4 Kittiwake and 3 Arctic Tern logged. However, a check off the eastern shore proved more fruitful, a Black Guillemot drifted in with the tide and two small groups of skuas were observed coming out of Morecambe Bay and cutting across the island before disappearing out into the Irish Sea. Two Arctic Skuas (juveniles) at 1015 were followed by three Pomarine Skua (two adults and a juvenile) at 1040.
Grounded Migrants
A few Wheatear and a single Willow Warbler were the best grounded birds on offer.
Wildfowl and Waders
The single Ruff and Little Ringed Plover continue to linger and additional waders included 20 Grey Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Greenshank.
The first Merlin of the autumn appeared on the island.