Archive | May 2017

Marina today

The North-easterly to Easterly persists although warm in sunshine away from the cutting wind.

Very quiet offshore yet at 4.10 this afternoon a look out from the window after a spell on the computer coincided with eight Pomarine skuas that passed eastwards in a loose jostling flock not too far out. Some while later they were followed by a Black tern. Otherwise a small number of Kittiwakes and 2 Bar-tailed godwits recorded on a quiet day, with 6 or more Swallows arriving.

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Marina note

A cold North-easterly again and overcast. Some passage Up-Channel noted watching from 7.20 but migration faded away soon and it became quiet;-

Little gull 7, Gannet 23, Fulmar 5. Guillemot 4, Whimbrel 4, Bar-tailed godwit 36, Knot 3, Dunlin 2, Grey plover 2 and Scoter 4.

A Swift and Swallow came in.

Marina today

A spectacular sea and sky today with winds running between SE to E and through to SSW and back, sometimes strong. Patches of sunlight between some showers. A Depression affecting the Channel and a bar of heavy frontal rain right across the Western Approaches perhaps was the cause of a distinct lack of tern or wader passage. However, Great skuas were passing through at times during the morning, almost weather-proof birds.

7 to 17.30 occasional watches;-

Great skua 8 e, Arctic skua 1 e, Manx shearwater 1 w later afternoon, Gannet 19 e 25 w, Kittiwake 1 e 4 w, Great black-backed gull 1 e. Sandwich tern 4 e, Brent goose 1 e, Red-breasted merganser 1 e. Scoter 12 e and Bar-tailed godwit 20 e.