September 29th   Leave a comment

The relentless westerlies continue. Today it was too windy to do anything but seawatch, and the barnacle geese seemed to agree. They must be taking a break from migrating today, with only a few flocks battling it up the Forth past Crail in late afternoon, just above the waves. Fife Ness was busy but again all very far out – in an hour I had three great skuas, an arctic skua, a possible pomarine skua, and even a couple of possible sooty shearwaters (right on the horizon and barely above the waves –if they hadn’t been the first of this year I would probably have put them down as definite). There were also a few manx shearwaters, sandwich terns and velvet scoters but otherwise it was wall to wall gannets, kittiwakes and a very large passage of guillemots and razorbills.

More barnacle geese today struggling against the very strong westerlies

Posted September 29, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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