21st September 2014

Afternoon update: An already memorable week ended with a bang this morning, as all attentions turned away from the land and towards the sea. A strong northerly promised and emphatically delivered, the runaway highlight being a FEA’S (type) PETREL which moved slowly north at 0857hrs (MJP, JS, BP, CW, JB). Allowing several minutes of observation as it kept close company with a Manx Shearwater, the bird was tracked from Flamborough to the Farnes as it moved up the coast throughout the day.

Juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Mark Pearson)

Juvenile Long-tailed Skua (Mark Pearson)

A strong supporting cast was headed by nine Long-tailed Skuas (all juveniles, including a group of four), 141 Sooty Shearwaters, a Blue Fulmar and two Velvet Scoters. Other records included 17 Pink-footed Geese south (our first of the autumn), a Marsh Harrier and a Long-tailed Skua (KC) at Hunmanby Gap.