Thursday, 5 November 2009

St Ives seawatch - Thursday 5th Nov

A strong north westerly forecast showed some promise and duly delivered some pleasing seabirds, all relatively close inshore today. One or two crackers but no fireworks, one might say today.
One of the highlights (above) was a single Pomarine Skua skimming low over the water. The Balearic Shearwater below was one of fifteen seen during the morning.

Common Scoter - several darker males and duller brown females passing the island.

A single first winter Common Tern was the only tern seen today.

The grey rump and fading dark secondary wing bar can be seen on the image below.
Thousands of Kittiwakes were streaming past the island. It was pleasing to see that 50% at least were juveniles, indicating a successful breeding season.

Totals from 7.30am to 11.30am were as follows:

1 Arctic Skua
10 Great Skua
1 Common Tern
1 Grey Phalarope
1 Little Auk
5 Great Northern Diver
1 Black-throated Diver
1000's Kittiwakes, 50% of them juveniles.
15 Balearic Shearwater
3 Manx Shearwater
2 Little Gull (1st years)
2 Mediterranean Gull


  1. What a great shot Steve, or as one could say a real "CRACKER" good total as well.

  2. I missed out again, superb photo, ( have a look at my email).