Start Point

100% cloud cover over land, clear c20kms out at sea. Fresh southerly decreasing through morning.

Vis mig ( from North of car park, 06:50-08:10, all birds heading south )

21 Meadow Pipit, 120 alba Wagtails, 21 Swallows, 340 Goldfinch, 30 Chaffinch, 110 Linnet, 40 Greenfinch, 1 Starling, 1Reed Bunting. Female Merlin seen twice, once caught an unidentified finch.Decided to head down to the lighthouse ( flock of 9 Swallows on the way ), where Bob Burridge, Mike Passman and Eric Wotton were already seawatching. Turned into a nice skua fest, totals between when Bob started at around 07:50 and i left at 12:30 were ( all headed south ) 4 Great Skua, 20 Pomarine Skuas ( 2 adult rest juvs ), 12 Arctic Skuas and 2 juv Long-tailed Skuas. The skuas passed fairly close affording some great views. On  one memorable occasion had 2 Great Skuas and single Arctic, Pom and Long-tailed in the same field of view going for some unfortunate kittiwakes. The vast majority had gone through by 10:00. Also seen up to 1000 Kittiwakes including a large feeding flock southeast of the point tempting several of the skuas to hang around. Other birds going south included Red-throated Diver, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater ( hung around with the Kittiwakes for a while giving great views ), 2 Brent Geese, 5 Common Scoter ( also apparently flightless bird in bay below light ) and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Just to round it off, nice Black Redstart in the lighthouse compound.

Posted October 27th, 2014 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News