Weather: F3-5 W, largely dry, bright & warm but some showers (am). F2-3 SW, sunny, warm & hazy (pm).
Observer(s): Niall T. Keogh, Alan Clewes, Dan Pointon, Brian Porter, Paul Flint, Cory Flint, Brian Finnegan, Tom Tarpey, Jan Nordblad et al.
Great Shearwater: 2
Sooty Shearwater: 56
Manx Shearwater: 5,000+
Leach’s Petrel: 1
Storm Petrel: 90+
Great Northern Diver: 1 summer plumage
Red-throated Diver: 1 summer plumage
Great Skua (Bonxie): 48
Pomarine Skua: 5 (subadult pale phases)
Arctic Skua: 32
Long-tailed Skua: 1 adult @ 09:35 (Alan Clewes)
Kittiwake: 82 incl. 22 juvs.
Sabine’s Gull: 1 adult & 2 juvs.
Sandwich Tern: 13
Arctic Tern: 33
Black-headed Gull: 22
Common Seal: 1 close offshore for much of the day.
Bottlenose Dolphin: 8+ in the evening.
Ocean Sunfish: 1
Slow at dawn for the most part save for lots of Bonxies ploughing through like flying bears! Kicked off from 8am until 10am when the majority of Manxies & Fulmars went through along with plenty of skuas, a Great Shear, the 3 Sab's & the Long-tailed Skua (all first sightings of the season from BoR).
Dead in the afternoon & evening, then out of nowhere a Great Shear popped up & drifted off as lazy as anything not long before we finished up for the evening.
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