13th May 2012 – Some Skuas at last

Spring on the Solway has so far been largely dominated by northerlies or easterly winds, and as such this years much anticipated skua passage has got off to a slow start. Personally of course I also have to hope that ideal conditions fall on one of my days off, and that is a bit of a lottery, and today was my first proper opportunity to do a bit of a seawatch with strong southwesterlies forecast. It wasn’t too bad I suppose, before the visibility became too bad due to heavy rain I’d seen maybe 11 Poms, 2 Bonxies and 2 Arctic Skuas. No pics of birds today so here’s the shelter instead…

The shelter (top left), and in the distance on the right the old Viaduct can just be seen jutting out into the Solway

The shelter at Bowness-on-Solway is in fact the end (or start) of the Hadrian’s Wall Path

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