Monday, 29 February 2016

Passage to Skokholm

Yesterday a trip to Skokholm in almost perfect conditions enabled a bit of birding too.  Inside the Heads a few Guillemot and Razorbill and a probable Great Northern Diver in Angle Bay with the highlight being a nice adult Med Gull in full summer plumage and a Glaucous Gull (adult or near adult) at distance but very obvious (and spotted by Dave Astins)  near Llanstadwell.  It had moved off by the time we investigated the beach an hour or so later.   On Thorne Island there were 17 pairs of Cormorants on nest sites, some birds apparently incubating, on the south side of the island.
Offshore a single Red throated diver and as expected more Guillemot and Razorbill and a small flock of Kittiwake but generally quite quiet. 
On Skokholm a few Robins and more Blackbirds than are usually resident with Song Thrush and Water Rail being obvious in the area of the Well.  On North Pond only a couple of Shelduck and Mallard and a few Canada Geese around.  The gull colonies mostly empty but a good sized roost of LBB and GBB's on The Bog.  There will no doubt be daily blog reports from the island soon.

To add to the prethora of Firecrest records there was one caught at Mullock on 25th - the fifth of the winter.