Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ness Point / Hawsker

View from Ness Point, looking north

Linnet - lots of these especially around Rain Dale

Didn't get going until a bit later yesterday a.m. and there was very little wind so I headed for Ness Point. A Yellow Wag' was welcome, it flew over as I got out of the car. There were a few Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, Swallows were much in evidence and House Martins were still traversing their cliff nest site. Once the breeze got up I gave sea watching a go. Quite a productive two hours with 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 71 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Arctic Skua, 2 Great Skua and a flurry of quacker activity including 3 Wigeon, 24 Common Scoter, 24 Teal (in five parties). 60 Kittiwakes went north but no juveniles and there were at least 74 Guillemots on the sea with at least a third of these being adult with young combinations. Mammals included 3 or 4 Harbour Porpoise and 2 Grey Seals. Small Copper and Wall butterflies were seen and an unidentified hawker dragonfly.

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