Monday, 1 September 2014

Dead Barn Owl on Goodwick Moor

A lady popped in to the Ocean Lab to tell us she had found a dead Barn Owl on the nearby Goodwick Moor. Verena and I went to investigate and found it near "Pechora Corner" It was beginning to decompose and I did not fancy picking it up so not able to speculate as to how it met its sad fate.

Strumble Head 1st sept.

Time: 09.45 - 12.00
Weather: Cloudy
Wind: N 2/3


Common Scoter - 16 ( 13 Males )
Bonxie - 1
Sandwich Tern - 19 ( Including a very white individual lacking dark in wing & head, albino? )


Porpoises showing.








 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Strumble Head (31 Aug 14)

Time:  0600 - 1500
Weather: Sunny
Wind: NNW (F3) am, SW (F3) pm

Cory's Shearwater - 1 (0705)
Great Shearwater - 2 (0655, 0810) *
Balearic Shearwater - 1
Long Tailed Skua - 1 (Juv)
Pomarine Skua - 2 (Juv)
Arctic Skua - 18 (11D, 4P, 3Juv)
Great Skua - 3
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Little Gull - 1 (1stW)
Comic Tern - 10
Black Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 75
Common Scoter - 15 (3F, 12M)
Whimbrel - 10
Curlew - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 3 (In off sea)
Wheatear - 1
Sparrowhawk - 1

Sunfish - 2
Risso's Dolphin - 3 different groups - 1, 8 and 2.  The larger group showing for over 2 hours with regular breaching (including a sequence of ten consecutive breaches by one individual.)  Lots of splashing and tail slapping also.

* The 0655 Great was found by an Arctic Skua!  We were following an Arctic Skua when it dropped onto something on the deck.  It then got up and circled around and then dive bombed whatever was on the deck........then a Great Shear got up and tried to fly off but was mobbed by the Skua and had to ditch.  The Skua then gave up and flew off and the Great got up again flew 10-15 yards then landed and wasn't seen subsequently.  How many more were out there floating past???

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Strumble Head (30 Aug 14)

Time: 0600 - 1800
Weather: Sunny.
Wind: W (F7-5)

Cory's Shearwater - 2 (0630, 0640)
Great Shearwater - 10 (0643, 0705, 0720, 0750(2), 0825, 0827, 0845, 1705, 1733)
Sooty Shearwater - 6
Balearic Shearwater - 2
Arctic Skua - 35 (15D, 14P, 6Juv)
Great Skua - 13
Mediterranean Gull - 1 (1stW)
Comic Tern - 15
Little Tern - 1
Black Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 51
Common Scoter - 12 (2F, 10M)
Whimbrel - 54
Knot - 5
Ringed Plover - 1
Swift - 1

Sunfish - 1
Common Porpoise - showing well.
Common Dolphin - c.10 in one pod
Risso's Dolphin - 3 (1 and 2)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Strumble Head (29 Aug 14)

Time: 0600 - 1700
Weather: Cloudy.
Wind: SW (F8)

Cory's Shearwater - 1 (0635)
Great Shearwater - 4 (0625, 0735, 1610, 1645)
Sooty Shearwater - 5
Balearic Shearwater - 8
Pomarine Skua - 1 (Juv)
Arctic Skua - 13 (10D, 1P, 2Juv)
Great Skua - 10
Sabine's Gull - 1 (AdW)
Little Gull - 1 (Ad)
Comic Tern - 420
Little Tern - 6
Black Tern - 4
Roseate Tern - 1
Sandwich Tern - 5
Common Scoter - 25 (4F, 21M)
Wigeon - 1
Whimbrel - 14
Dunlin - 1
Grey Phalarope - 1
Puffin - 2

Sunfish - 1
Common Porpoise - showing well.
Risso's Dolphin - 1 (Huge fin)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Strumble Head (28 Aug 14)

Time: 0600 - 1600
Weather: Showers early then sunny.
Wind: SSW (F7)

Pomarine Skua - 2 (D, Juv)
Arctic Skua - 8 (5D, 1P, 2Juv)
Great Skua - 6
Comic Tern - 570 (Large % being Arctic)
Roseate Tern - 4
Little Tern - 7
Black Tern - 16
Sandwich Tern - 91
Mediterranean Gull - 2 (1stW, 2ndW)
Common Scoter - 99 (10F, 89M)
Teal - 9
Whimbrel - 27
Curlew - 1
Knot - 2
Dunlin - 1
Turnstone - 3
Puffin - 1

Common Porpoise - Showing well.
Risso's Dolphin - 4 sightings - 4, 2, 3 and 2.  Included one very large individual with massive fin (dark).

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Strumble Head (27 Aug 14)

Time: 0600 - 1800
Weather: Dry, cloudy.
Wind: SE (F7)

*** Great White Egret - 1 (East @ 1155).  My second for Strumble.

Pomarine Skua - 1 (Juv)
Arctic Skua - 20 (15D, 3P, 2Juv)
Great Skua - 3
Sabine's Gull - 2 (Juv)
Mediterranean Gull - 4 (1stW)
Comic Tern - 348
Roseate Tern - 4
Black Tern - 1
Little Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 27
Common Scoter - 96 (17F, 79M)
Teal - 3
Mallard - 1
Shoveler - 4
Wigeon - 1
Whimbrel - 9
Redshank - 1
Ringed Plover - 1
Turnstone - 1
Knot - 6
Dunlin - 2
Ruff - 1
Swift - 13
Wheatear - 1

Common Porpoise - showing very well.
Common Dolphin - 1 "super" pod of 50-60 swam in from NE at speed and headed off past Lighthouse not stopping to feed.