Well the big day has finally arrived, today is the day of the world-renowned Scarborough Pelagic an event that sends feelings of jealousy through seabird aficionados worldwide. The trip scheduled for last month was cancelled because of a bad weather forecast so today was the one and only excursion for this year. An interesting trip with some interesting species the highlights of which included 120+ Manx Shearwaters, a single Sooty Shearwater, 2 Great Skuas, an Arctic Skua and 2 Black Terns. Unfortunately the best seabird of the day was seen from Long Nab where a juvenile Long-tailed Skua went south at 07.25. Also from Long Nab today 21 Shelduck (12 S, 9 N), 2 Shoveler (1 S, 1 N), 48 Wigeon (10 S, 12 Pintail (2 S, 317 Teal (148 S, 15 Common Scoter (6 S, 5 Red-throated Divers (2 S, a Sooty Shearwater (N), 10 Manx Shearwaters (6 S, 4 N), 7248 Gannets, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, a Curlew, 2 Turnstone, 13 Dunlin, 2 Sandwich Terns, 68 Common Terns, 2 Black Terns, 5 Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas and 3 Puffins.
Elsewhere today we had a Spotted Flycatcher south of Seamer Tip Pool; 2 Reed Warblers on New Dike, Seamer Tip: a Spotted Flycatcher at Ravenscar; 10 Wigeon and 2 Eider in Cornelian Bay; a Lesser Whitethroat at Crook Ness plus a Teal, a Wigeon and a Kingfisher at The Mere.
|Manx Shearwater - Scarborough Pelagic - Chris Bell|
|Manx Shearwaters - Scarborough Pelagic - Chris Bell|
|Sooty Shearwater with Manx Shearwaters - Scarborough Pelagic - Chris Bell|