The west wind was really strong all night, accompanied by very heavy and prolonged rain. The winds eased slightly and were WSW by the morning. Fortunately the rain held off for most of the day, with periods of sunshine.
Kittiwake 316 (in 8 or 9 flocks) into Bay
Gannet 50 in and then out
Common Scoter 12 (10 +2)
Great Skua (Bonxie) 1
Great Crested Grebe 1 out
I was fortunate enough to see some of the Gannet on my walk along the south wall, although all my sightings were from the lighthouse area (MD).
There was some weak sunshine, and fortunately adult Gannet are large and mainly white making them relatively easy to spot in the sun, plus their distinctive markings, make them easy to recognise. Even so, they are normally a long way out, and this is a typical view.
|You will have to open this images to see|
two Gannet, plus another, less distinctive, species.
|These were just inshore of the buoys out from the north wall|
|These were even closer in|
Rock Pipits 4 - one each, foreshore, Red Nab, lighthouse and waterfall
Janet also checked out the north side later in the day and took these pictures:
|This Turnstone has just found an invertebrate |
|This Lesser Blacked-Backed gull has a metal ring|
|Jay in trees near the end of the dog walk path|
|As Janet said, Dunnock are often overlooked,|
but have attractive plumage when seen in detail
There is always something to see.