The last full day of our trip dawned, and as forecast, a strong SSW wind was blowing. This seemed very promising seawatching weather (and also not very promising for anything else, so I began seawatching at 7:25 am. I put in 6 and a half hours in total during the day, but overall was a bit disappointed. My counts for the day are as follows:
Arctic Skua 4 (2 pale morph, 2 dark morph), Fulmar 1, Manx Shearwater 11, Mediterranean Gull 2, Common Scoter 18, Wigeon 6, Shag 1, Cormorant 1, Guillemot 3, Gannet 97, Common Gull 1, Great Black-Backed Gull 4, Lesser Black-Backed Gull 38, Razorbill 124, Kittiwake 131, Black-Headed Gull 169 and three Risso’s Dolphin’s which showed very well from the south hide, jumping only 150m offshore in good light.
Here are a couple of pictures from earlier in the week to make up for the lack of any for this day:
(Matt, Liam and Josie, birding at Pen Cristin)
(The sunset that same evening)
I was a bit ill on the final day, so was unable to do any birding. Fortunately, I didn’t miss anything too good, and made it home in one piece.
Thanks to everyone for organising such a great trip!!