Monday 30 August 2010

Eagle watch

Monday 30th August comments: Welcome to the bank holiday weekend - we were shut! As Saturday came to a close, the wind picked up as a low pressure weather system brought strong northerly winds, resulting in heavy seas and no visitor boats being able to sail. However we'll be open for business as usual tomorrow and we may be able to show visitors a certain Eagle...
Despite the strong winds, it did not stop us from getting on with work and it didn't stop our Eagle. The immature White-tailed Eagle, originally appearing on Staple Island on Saturday (and eating a Shag) remained and looked very content. However the local Gull population were not happy, but it didn't care. Today (Monday), the bird stretched its wings a bit and circled the island but landed again and was still present at dusk and will no doubt be still present tomorrow morning at least. As for food - well, it moved off Shag's, onto Fulmars. I've warned the wardens, they'll be next.
Sea passage was productive with highlights today including: 173N Manx Shearwater, 6N Sooty Shearwater, 12N Great Skua, 5N Arctic Skua, 26N Teal, 3N Wigeon and 9N Common Scoter.

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