13th October 2014

Strong north-easterlies, raging seas and increasing precipitation made for a productive day on the sea but an almost blank slate on the land. Highlights of the former included a (particularly dark) Balearic Shearwater, all four skuas totaling two Long-tailed, 10 Pomarine, 15 Arctic and 114 Bonxies, three Little Auks, a Great Northern Diver, a Blue Fulmar, seven Velvet Scoters, 81 Little Gulls, 43 Manx and two Sooty Shearwaters (JS, MJP).

Velvet Scoters (Mark Pearson)

Velvet Scoters (Mark Pearson)

On the land, handfuls of Goldcrests and Redwings were pretty much the only indication of new arrivals. Yesterday (12th) was generally quiet, although 12 Whooper Swans flew south over Carr Naze and another four rested up at East Lea. Ringing was suspended today due to the conditions, and yesterday’s totals are to follow.