Friday, 27 April 2012

26th April 2012 Birling 6am - 8am SSW7 Overcast

Red-throated Diver 10E
Diver sp. 4 E
Manx Shearwater 1E ex.
Gannet 80E & 30W
Brent Goose 33E
Pochard 3E ex. (2 drakes)
Common Scoter 200E
Red Breasted Merganser 2E
Arctic Skua 35E including a superb eye-catching variant with white marginal and lesser coverts resulting in a white leading edge to the inner arm of the upper forewing. Whilst new to us it is a recognised variant found in as many as 2% of birds from Atlantic islands (Olsen & Larsson 1997).
Bonxie 65E ex. (incl. 50E in first hour)
Sandwich Tern 30E
Auk sp. 3 E
Swallow 2 in off the sea