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Monday, 27 May 2013

Skua trio from NPT

Three species of Skua in a single day from Neath Port Talbot made today a special one. It may well be the first time it's been recorded from this area

First up a Bonxie (08:25) with a pale Pomarine Skua with spoons not far behind (08:30), both flew west into Swansea Bay. Later a single dark Arctic Skua past east (09:30)). A Herring Gull was singled out for attention by a pale Pomarine Skua and pursued with intent for  a short period before giving up and going to rest on the sea 09:50 and a distant Bonxie was picked up heading west at (10:00). An intermediate Arctic, showing a slightly paler than dark belly, was joined by a pale Arctic and they gave chase to a couple of Kittiwakes off the breakwater for a few minutes (10:50). it was a longer wait for the final sighting of a dark Arctic Skua that past heading west at 12:55

2 Pomarine Skua (both pale; 08:30 & 09:50)
2 Great skua (08:25 & 10:00)
4 Arctic Skua (pale 10:50) (intermediate 10:50) (dark 09:30 & 12:55)

Also Shelduck (2), Common Scoter (21), Gannet (1), Fulmar (7), Manx Shearwater (6), Dunlin (34), Sanderling (9), Kittiwake (c30), Sandwich Tern (3), Commic Tern (9), Guillemot (5), Swift (4) and Swallow (c40)

(MHi, RJ)

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