Sunday, 21 August 2016

Strumble Head

I was at Strumble Head in Pembrokeshire for 6.30am and stuck it out until 12.30pm. The predicted storm 'Hildebund' arrived as promised over night with gale force south westerlies pushing thousands of sea birds into Cardigan Bay. Unfortunately it then failed to veer west leaving many of the birds miles offshore. Still, it was decent seawatching with many thousands of Manxies passing close by which always offered the hope of something rarer, plus bonxie and a possible long-tailed skua and the usual hundreds of gannets etc.

Highlight though was three storm petrels battling against the wind at close range. It was great to see them pattering across the water!

Year: 242 (Storm petrel)

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