Pomarine Skua

10th May 2022 – overcast SW3
Extended observations over the sea on the falling tide (0630-1030) were highlighted by a pale morph Pomarine Skua flying low into the bay at 0805hrs. In addition, the sea was enlivened by the switch in the wind direction to the southwest and this provided both quantity and variety with 1055 Manx Shearwater, 900 Guillemot, 400 Gannet, 150 Sandwich Tern, 70 Kittiwake, 39 Razorbill, 29 Common Scoter, 22 Arctic Tern, 12 Puffin, 9 Red-throated Diver, 6 Fulmar, 3 Little Tern and a Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
A single Wheatear provided the sole evidence of newly grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
The trickle of Swallow continues.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 80 Sanderling and 6 Whimbrel.
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains.