Thursday, 17 September 2020

The Ynyslas seabird spectacular

 I was lucky enough to arrive at the brickhouse this morning just in time for Russell to put me on to a passing Pomarine Skua.   As he says, the number of seabirds was staggering,  I stayed until 10:00 by which time a slight haze had made distant viewing difficult.  

The feeding flock of Gannets had mostly moved on but they remained present in hundreds, as did Kittiwakes. Manx Shearwaters and Black-headed Gulls. I only managed to add one more Arctic Skua but more Sandwich Terns appeared inshore, at least 20 at one point. I too particularly enjoyed the very close group of nine Red-throated Divers.

Other odds and ends were 22 Dunlin flying north along the tideline and a Wheatear which dropped in almost at my feet.