Hopes Nose.

Sea watching between 08.00 and 14.30.

Painfully slow for the first couple of hours with ten Balearics heading south and twenty or so Manxies feed among the distant Gannets.

Things perked up at arouund 11.00 when a dark phase Pomarine Skua flapped its leisurely way over the Ore Stone. A probable second bird appeared a couple of hours later.

A suspected Sabines Gull showed distantly on and off for an hour or so before finally giving itself up for scrutiny at a reasonable range and showed itself indeed to be a moulting adult Sabines Gull.

Finally an adult Long tailed Skua lazily dropped in between me and The Lead Stone. It landed on the water never to be seen again.

So a nice clutch of birds but every silver lining has a cloud and a lot of time was spent gazing at a cold and lonely sea.

Final totals were; Twelve Balearic Shearwaters, forty Manx Shearwaters, twenty three Common Scoter, one or two Poms, one Long tailed Skua, one adult Sabines Gull. One Bonxie, three Sandwich Terns, five Tunstone, two Wheatear and aHouse Martin.

Posted September 15th, 2013 at 7:49 pm by Roy McCarthy in Bird News