Tuesday, 17th October 2017

Storm Ophelia rattled through today producing some good seawatching, the highlights being thee species of Skua and 3 Leach`s Petrels. Frustratingly a small Storm/Wilson's type Petrel was seen first thing in poor light, but was too far out to identify.

Leach's Petrel

1 Wigeon east, 14 Pintails west, 13 Shovelers west, 12 Common Scoters west, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers west, 3 Leach`s Petrels west, 2 LM Pomarine Skuas west, 2 Arctic Skuas west, 3 Great Skuas west, 1 Guillemot west, 8 Auk sp. west, 1 Sandwich Tern west, 16 Kittiwakes west and 4 Little Gulls west.
 Pomarine Skuas (above & below)

Visible Migration 
5 Whooper Swans south and 4 Meadow Pipits south.

300 Wigeons, 225 Teals, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Water Rails, 500 Lapwings, 47 Ringed Plovers, 12 Black-tailed Godwits, 110 Turnstones, 125 Sanderlings, 100 Dunlins, 1 Greenshank, 1 Med. Gull, 1 Kingfisher and 2 Stonechats.

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