Tuesday, 14 October 2014


Past couple of days have found me seawatching from St Marys Island, using the hide usually with a few other birders, its good as many eyes scanning the sea helps to pick up the birds.

Not classic seawatching by any means, but a steady trickle ensured something of interest during the days. A Strong North Easterly on both days and cold, not so many birders around as some are on Shetland and the Scillys so room in the hide.

Day 1 and all four Skua`s seen, manxies, velvet scoters, red throated divers passed by and still loads of Little gulls in the sea, did go home too early as a adult Sab`s gull was seen 20 mins after i left.

Day 2 good start as and adult med gull came off the links on too the wetland. At the netties 3 Great northern divers passed close and a SE owl was picked up by AC coming in off the sea, i love this kind of viz mig.

Onto the island when the tide dropped enough, waves were stronger but less activity still birds passed by, lots of common scoter, and a few velvets, wigeon passed in groups 3 pintail picked up in these flocks and a single long-tailed duck and tufted were spotted.

Many more great skua today 15 at least and a similar number of rt divers, + 3 brent geese 3 sooty shearwaters and 20+ manxies, harly any kittiwakes, no l gulls or fulmar seen.

Could be a couple of interesting days ahead if the rain arrives.

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