Fri 19th Aug 2016

Another seawatch, Hutoft.

Skuas were good to see, around a dozen noted. All arctics, as far as I could tell, mostly dark phase, couple pale. No sign of the hoped-for pom, though another look later, off Wolla Bank gave up a great skua.

Gannets could be seen constantly, either fishing or passing, mostly south.

Drift migrants seem to be around now following the easterlies, a check of the bushes and scrub behind the dunes revealed a whinchat being pestered by a whitethroat. A couple of willow warblers too.

Moving down-coast to Wolla Bank, a wheatear showed in the car park while couple of redstarts, a female and a juv, were flycatching. Another whinchat and a few willow warblers completed the migrants.

A med gull sat on the beach and twenty common scoter flew north. A couple more arctic skuas chased terns and the bonxie kept resting on the water after flying around.

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