Windy morning at Rock-a-Nore

Too windy for the migration watch today, so down to the harbour for 90mins. There was a very impressive westerly movement of Gannets going on , with 265, all ages, in an hour from 0710, after which things slowed down and birds were visible going both ways far out. About 300 birds all told , the most I’ve seen here. Other birds were good too, with an immature Shag briefly appearing on the eastern breakwater, a Manx Shearwater west, also 2 Red Throated Divers, an auk sp, 3 Kittiwakes, and 12 Sandwich Terns west. The first two are scarce in our area in my experience.

There are up to 200 Great Black Backed Gulls around at present and they were an impressive sight this morning, hanging in the wind or waiting by the fishing boats.

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