Sunday 06 May. I arrived at Splash Point at 05:30 to join P&GJ and ME, the latter not first on the arm for a change. I stated to 12:00 when heat haze made viewing of the little that was going past difficult. During that time I recorded the following flying E: 44 Gannets, 3 Shelduck, 30 Common Scoter, 5 Oystercatchers, 260 Bar-tailed Godwits, 116 Whimbrel, a flock of 7 pale morph Pomarine Skuas (over the basket at 10:02), 7 Arctic Skuas (2 pale, 5 dark), a Great Skua, 16 Sandwich Terns, 660 Commic Terns (including at least 222 Arctics, about 85% of those identified), 6 Little and 6 Black Terns. The latter were a single and 5 out of 7 seen by SL in a flock of about 30 Commics. A Shag flew west and an unidentified sandpiper (not Common), a Sand Martin, 3 Swallows and 2 alba Wagtails came in. Later Megan and I took Cookie up to Mill Hill seeing a Buzzard and 2 Whitethroats.
|successful Skuas On Sunday outing|
|Goldfinch collecting nesting material by our front porch|
|a dog heading west enlivend one quiet period|