Another record seabird count

I arrived at rock-a-Nore at 07.45 to find strings of auks moving east. By 0900 I had counted 1645, about twice as many as my previous highest total earlier this month. With birds that would have passed in the gloom before I arrived, and a decreasing number after I left, it’s reasonable to claim 2000. Many of these dropped onto the sea to feed,  the only one close enough to identify was a Razorbill.

There were just 21 Red Throated Divers, 2 Kittiwakes and 1 Red Breasted Merganser also moving east, and at least 40 Gannets were fishing offshore , Fulmars crisscrossed the waves in some numbers. About 20 Great Crested Grebes were on the sea.

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