Sunday 12 May 2013

11th May 2013

Weather: W 3 (increasing 6-7 later) 7/8 cloud, intermittent rain and even hail

The wind had been southerly overnight no doubt bringing in the half a dozen Willow Warblers to the island but there were hardly any other migrants present. A new litter of Short-tailed Field Voles was discovered today.

The three Scaup were still present on the flooding tide (a drake and two ducks).

Members had to leave before the tide despite the increasing wind turning slightly north of west and large numbers of skuas, particularly Pomarine, reported elsewhere in the Irish Sea.  However, a brief visit on the ebb (4-5pm) produced over 500 Gannets, 12 Kittiwakes, 37 Manxies, 130 Sandwich and 75 Common Terns and a single Bonxie flew west (as well as a distant large skua spp).

(DCT, PT+VT, CJW, PSW, SRW & TGW) [440-27] (Photos by SRW)

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