Wednesday 6 May 2009

Seawatching, literally

Decided on Sunday to do a bit of sea-watching in the upcoming week and today seemed a good day. So myself and Dougie Preston headed up to Eshaness up on the north west mainland, blue skies greeted us and a wind touching 40 mph ! We found the spot we used last autumn and got settled for the next few hours, fortunately it was well out the wind and apart from the rigermortise setting in, it was quite comfortable. Seawatching is a strange part of our hobby, just sitting, scanning, waiting, hoping, praying etc. For 3 hours we did just that, literally watched the sea ! Plenty of Bonxies and half a dozen Arctic Skuas and the usual coastal birds, but not the hoped for Pom Skuas, maybe next week, maybe ?

On the way back to Laxo stopped off at Loch of Voe to 3 Common Sandpipiers tear arsing around the foreshore calling and displaying.

Back on patch 2 dark phase Arctic Skuas flew in front of the house, 2 Siskins remain and c.85 Arctic Terns at the Houb.

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