Rock-a-Nore seabirds

Very strong on shore winds and driving rain made seawtching difficult, but rewarding. Between 0710 and 0855  a total of 63 Kittiwakes flew east, many along the beach, 16 Gannets also flew E. 2 fat male Eiders passed W close inshore early on, then back again an hour later, 4 Wigeon also flew E. However the best bird was a fine Great Skua which flew E quite close inshore, the first Ive seen here for a couple of years [the picture was taken in the Bay of Biscay].

Unusually, several parties of small waders went west-Dunlin ?, also a few Fulmars were offshore-they returned to the cliffs yesterday.

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