Friday, 25 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Seawatching for 3½ hours from the Marine Drive shelter between 06.10 and 09.40 produced the following – Teal 271(S) 17(N), Common Scoter 6(S) 95(N), Fulmar 76(S) 13(N), Manx Shearwater 3(S) 2(N), Common Tern 52(S) 1(N), Golden Plover 2(S), Greater Black-backed Gull 23(S), Whimbrel 2(S), Wigeon 3(S), Arctic Skua 8(S), an adult Pomarine Skua at 06.44 (S), Sandwich Tern 13(S) 31(N), Oystercatcher 2(S) 42(N), Ringed Plover 2(S), Dunlin 13(S), a Curlew (S), a Redshank (S), Sanderling 9(S), Great Skua 2(S) and a dark Balearic Shearwater close in at 07.44 (S).

Waders in Jackson’s Bay included 42 Turnstone, a Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plover, 9 Redshank and 78 Oystercatchers; in the Ravenscar area a flock of 32 Snipe flew north, as did a Whimbrel and also seen were 2 Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat and 12 Chiffchaffs; an Osprey was at Ellerburn Trout Farm at 16.00 where a Hobby was also seen this evening; 9 Whimbrel flew north over Old Town at 15.46 and a couple of Swifts were over the town this morning.

Finally at Long Nab today during two observation periods 08.40 – 12.20 and 17.30 - 20.20 we had a Pintail (S), 31 Teal (S), 2 Tufted Duck (S), 30 Common Scoter (1 S, 29 N), 2 Manx Shearwater (S), a Golden Plover (S), a Ringed Plover (S), a Whimbrel (S), a Greenshank (N), a Sanderling (N), 2 Dunlin (N), a 2cy Mediterranean Gull (S) this evening, 101 Sandwich Terns (68 S, 33 N), 127 Common Terns (53 S, 74 N), 12 Arctic Terns (3 S, 9 N), Great Skua (1 S, 7 N), 4 Arctic Skua (3 S, 1 N), a Swift (S), 9 Swallows (S) and female type Merlin came in off the sea and flew north at 18.20. Also in the Nab area were a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Whinchat and 120 Great Black-backed Gulls.

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