Strong westerlies made sea watching the priority again this morning, and while many seabirds were seen, most were at distance. The totals from the log were 12 Red-throated divers, 11 Gannets, 23 Little Gulls (mostly tracking west out towards the wind farms), 14 Kittiwakes, 25 Guillemots, 8 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers. Common Scoters seemed to be everywhere on the sea in mostly small parties, although about 200 were off to the north west at one stage. Two dark-bellied Brent were present today, whereas only 1 has been recorded for many weeks now.
|Cormorant at the island pond (CJ)|
(DB,CJ,KMc+SD, et al)