Friday, 11 May 2018
10 hours of seawatching split were rather profitable and some of the best local wave-gazing I've enjoyed to date. Two Pomarine Skuas went through separately during the first vigil and the later spell produced the stonking group of four which were tracked along much of the south coast. A 3CY Yellow-legged Gull fed offshore and a morning push of 32 Arctic Terns was very enjoyable. Some 21 Arctic Skuas were tallied, plus a lone Bonxie. A nice push of waders included 39 Whimbrel, a Dunlin and three distant Oystercatchers. Other birds recorded over the day included two Little Terns, 102 Common Scoters, a Shelduck, four Fulmars, 686 Gannets, six Kittiwakes, a Swallow, 239 Common/'Commic' Terns (combined), 100 Sandwich Terns, a Common Gull, a Guillemot (and another two distant auks), two Great Crested Grebes, two very distant divers (most likely Black-throated) and four Turnstones. I was variously joined by Gareth J, Garry M, Nick O and Adam B.