Friday, 11 September 2015

Borth and a sooty shearwater

A very pleasant early morning sea watch from the Borth lifeguard station produced around 3000 Manx shearwaters, 300 gannets and loads of gulls feeding on small fish (at one point only 10 feet off-shore). There were about 80 sandwich terns and 50 kittiwakes closer in but much further out there was a steady stream of auks, scoters and kittiwakes heading north. A pale phase atcic skua flew north, harrying the terns and kittiwakes but the highlight was a sooty shearwater flying south. I thought it would be attracted to the Manx feeding flocks but it just continued south passing the point at Borth at around 0810.