The sou’westerlies continued through the night so early this morning hopes were high for a few more skuas going through over the high tide. Totals for my 5.50am – 9am watch were: 20 Poms (including a flock of 16), 9 Arctics, and 3 Bonxies. There was also a good number of Gannets in the Solway today with an impressive flock of 37 birds flying through just before 6am. Divers were also in evidence, as were a few Fulmars, but perhaps most surprising of all was a 1st summer Med Gull and a Short-eared Owl. Meanwhile the wader roost is looking impressive with dozens of Sanderling joining increasing numbers of Ringed Plover and Dunlin, while a few Whimbrel were also around the shore.
This time last year the roost had already contained a Kentish and a Broad-billed Sand. Fingers crossed for something juicy this year….