Wednesday, 12 October 2011

12th October

In terms of landbirds, this was just about the quietest day of the autumn, with nothing more than a Greenfinch worth mentioning.

Thankfully, seabird passage provided a bit more to write about. The star bird, making its appearance early in the afternoon, was our second Fea's Petrel of the year. This is the fourth record of the species for North Ronaldsay, and the third in just under a year. Other notable seabirds seen during 6 and a half hours in the hide included 2 Pomarine Skuas, a Grey Phalarope, a Little Auk and 2 Common Scoters. A day total of 1415 Gannets was only just shy of the highest ever count here, while other counts came to 269 Fulmars, 23 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Manx Shearwater, 1 Storm Petrel and 812 Kittiwakes.

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