Wednesday 2 May 2018


In a strong SSW breeze, I headed down to the George V Avenue shelter for a 4-hour vigil. Despite the conditions being challenging and the visibility being very poor from a couple of hours in, I stuck at it and was rewarded with a distant reappearance from the 2CY Iceland Gull, my first patch Tufted Duck, seven Manx Shearwaters, nine Arctic Skuas, 13 Bonxies, three Whimbrel, three Shelducks, five Kittiwakes and a trickle of Sandwich and Common(+'Commic') Terns. Some 20 Fulmars, 293 Gannets, 40 Common Scoters and 29 auks (five of which were within identifiable range and revealed themselves to be Guillemots). A couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the sea.