Sunday, 13 May 2012

Monday 4th May

I copied this post from Bird forum. Richard Smith and Gary Wilkinson were on Tory Bank holiday Monday 4th May.

"Took the early morning ferry to Tory. A breezy voyage which was enlivened by the sight of 10 Great Northern Divers together. Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannets, Bonxie spotted along with reasonable numbers of gulls.

The harbour on Tory was good with Whimbrel, Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover & Mallard. As we walked inland towards Derek Hill's hut we spotted Lapwing & Snipe together with the nesting gulls. At this stage the rain started and persisted for about three hours.

A brief look at the Western cliffs produced Puffin, Razorbill, Fulmar & Guillemot. The wind & driving rain forced us to abandon these exposed delights. Later it dried up and we were treated to spectacular views of a Corncrake appearing from the nettles.

The return boat trip was quiet but produced excellent views of Great Northern Divers.


Great Northern Diver, Great Skua, Whimbrel, Golden Plover and Corncrake are new for the year.

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