October 6th   Leave a comment

Kingsbarns Beach was bleak but beautiful this morning. Big waves and spume blowing across the beach and everything taking shelter apart from a few redshanks among the rocks. The gannets passing further out looked not bothered in the least: the wind speed about right for their big heavy bodies. They were passing without a wing beat like small albatrosses. From Crail a bit later I had another little auk passing and then a pomarine skua, both labouring into the wind. The pomarine skua was first definite for the year (although a couple of far out skuas earlier in September were almost certainly pomarines too, and my 300th or so this year after Senegal in October) making 160 for the year list. This has been my real target – I wanted to beat my record of 157, but also to beat it convincingly.

Pomarine skua - no. 160 for the Crail year list

Pomarine skua – no. 160 for the Crail year list

Posted November 6, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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