September 17th   Leave a comment

My birding is largely being restricted to sea watching from my house in the evening at the moment, and as the nights are drawing in, this opportunity is getting less and less. This evening it was already getting dark by 6:45, but between 6:10 and 6:35 I had two arctic skua, one great skua, a sooty shearwater, two manx shearwaters, a flock of pink-footed geese and a red-throated diver past, all going east except for the diver and the geese. There were lots of kittiwakes rafting far out and a steady stream of gannets – now nearly 50:50 adults versus juveniles. It looks like it has been a great year for the gannets on the Bass Rock.

Juvenile gannet, newly departed from the Bass Rock (JA)

Posted September 17, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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