Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday 21st August

I forgot, yes forgot, to post yesterday's brief seawatch, the usual 05:40 - 07:00. Actually it's getting a bit dim in the mornings for these v early starts. I'm going to have to be more selective and choose days where it won't matter if I hang on a bit longer and miss the bus to work. Anyway, just in brief, cos I know you're eager to get over to skills-bills or punkbirder or something...

2 more Sooty Shearwaters and a Black-throated Diver (Arctic Loon) went north, being the best of the morning. The Loon was another patch year tick (God Save the King!). Five Manx Shearwaters went north, and 4 Red-throated Divers went south. I had been saying to myself (good move sitting on clifftops at 6 am talking to yourself?) that you know where you are with Red-throated Divers cos they go north in the spring and south in the autumn, and that's the way it should be. Then this other diver came through north andI was cursing for spoiling my little observation. Then it turned out to be Black-throated, so it became the exception that proves the rule, or something. No!! Don't go! Quick, more birds.... 99 Northern Gannets north, 55 south; 12 Common (Mew) Gulls N and 3 S; Five Great Skuas north and 1 Arctic Skua (Parasitic Jaeger), 57 Northern Fulmars (41N), 1 Velvet Scoter S, 3 Common Scoters north, and 1 Eurasian Teal, 8 Arctic Terns (1N, 7S), 36 Sandwich Terns (7N, 29S). Finally a single Dunlin went north, and I've a nasty feeling that might be a patch year tick too! :-)

OK, you can go now. Run along.


Harry said...

No fall-out from the Scandy migrant arrival along the east coast?

Martin said...

That's the problem - I don't get chance to have a good bush-bash til the w/e. There's probably something out there to be found, but it's the curse of the employed man that it can't be found. Or woman.