Friday, 11 August 2017

Wednesday 9th August 2017

The wind having moved to the north some seawatching was the order of the day. Species passing North off Long Nab including 6 Wigeon, 37 Teal (+1 S), 200 Common Scoter (+1 S), 139 Fulmar (+6 S), a Sooty Shearwater at 07.47, 15 Manx Shearwaters (+5 S), 2 Dunlin, 451 Kittiwakes, 2 Sandwich Terns (+18 S), 12 Common Terns, 74 Arctic Terns, 6 Great Skua (+3 S) and 2 Arctic Skuas (+5 S). Off Marine Drive highlights included c60 Common Scoters, 4 Arctic Skuas, 2 Great Skuas and a Sooty Shearwater.

There was also an evening visit to Long Nab which produced the following going north 77 Common Scoter, 15 Manx Shearwaters, 19 ‘Comic’ Terns, 10 Sandwich Terns (2 S), a Great Skua and 2 Arctic Skuas went south, one of which was a pale morph.

The only other news today concerned a Hobby hunting over Ellerburn this evening but again no sign of the Osprey; a Honey Buzzard was reported at Wykeham Raptor View Point and at Potter Brompton Carr a Cuckoo, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 3 Teal and 63 Mallard.

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