Friday, 20 July 2012

Seawatch season begins

Good day for Great Skua's

Friday 20th July comments: The seawatch season is upon us. Following yesterdays strong northerly winds, the wind eased although the swell remained (but boats sailed) and as a result a large number of Shearwaters moved north off the islands. Throughout the day the team logged and recorded various seabirds on the move with the main highlights including two Pomarine Skuas and over 400 Manx Shearwaters.

It was a great day with the sun beating down - not a bad start to the seawatching season. Over the next two months, many more seabirds will be recorded and the rangers will be on duty to show anyone the variety of birds the islands record.  

Today's Totals: 462 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Great Skuas, 13 Arctic Skuas, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 165 Common Scoter, 3 Velvet Scoter and Tufted Duck. Also Roseate Tern, 10 Knot, 13 Dunlin and  230 Turnstone.

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