Thursday, 13 October 2016

Poms, Sootys, Long Tails.....

8 Sootys 3 Long-tailed and 5 Pom Skuas passed Whitburn Obs in 4 Hours this afternoon. Saint Mark had to let his mum receive delivery of a pallet of turf, Magic Mark had to get off work early and i had to postpone a visit to a poorly granddaughter. It was all in a worthy cause as a Black-browed Albatross was reported as coming north past Filey. Sadly Albert did not arrive but we did enjoy a really fantastic sea watch with some great views of all 4 species of Skua plus supporting cast.
It certainly made up for the poor early morning passage
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Thursday 13th October 14.00-17.45

Manxie 3n
Arctic Skua 4n
Red th Diver 5n 1s
Knot 37n 25s
Goldeneye 4n 1s
Common Scoter 1s
Pom Skua 5n
Wigeon 10s
Long-tailed Skua 3n
Bonxie 2n 2s
Eider 10n 1s
Fulmar 1s
Sooty Shearwater 8n
Med Gull 1n ad
Arctic Tern 1n
The watch did start with Sir Ian and Hoggie but they abandoned ship when news came from Easington...not sure how they got on