Sunday, 14 September 2014

RSPB Skua Cruise 13 - 9 - 14

With Jacqui over for a long weekend I decided to book us for a Skua cruise something new for her birding experience.
We set sail at 8.00 and headed off out into the North Sea with quite calm conditions,we got past Flamborough head and started our birding with a flock of Common Scoter,Guillemot,Razorbill and some juvenile Puffins on the sea and the chum line was started bringing in the gulls.
It wasn't long after we had a Arctic Skua flyby heading out to sea and about 20 minutes later I spotted a Sooty Shearwater coming in behind us which landed on the water and gave everyone a great performance by Running along the water like a Great crested Grebe which I never knew they done,then not long after this one flew out of sight another gave us a flyby but didn't land,we carried on and a shout of Bonxie which came out of nowhere and investigated the chum line then carried on it's way then shortly after a Manx Shearwater came by but didn't stop and a Red-throated diver flew over towards Filey bay.
We arrived back at Bridlington and just coming into the harbour a single Purple Sandpiper was spotted feeding just above the waterline.
Jacqui and myself then left for Filey brigg for the Black Guillemot which was distant and into the sun
other birds noted was Greenshank,Ringed Plover,Knot,Turnstone,Common Redshank,Red-throated Diver.
A few shots from the cruise below

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