Just before the Skuas started passing Mark alerted everyone that a Little Auk was going past the observatory. Don’t panic! Thankfully I managed to stay calm and got onto the bird in time and I had it alongside either a Guillemot or a Razorbill. It was easily about 1/3 the size of the Guillemot or Razorbill. I was glad the Little Auk was near to the Guillemot or Razorbill as I could compare the size and see just how small the Little Auk was in comparison when they were together in the same scope view, helped to confirm I was on the right bird. 2 more went past and although some others managed to get onto them I didn’t manage to do so.
After the seawatch I had a look at Sunderland North Dock where I got my best views ever of Lesser Whitethroat and Barred Warbler in the field. Both feeding quite happily and fairly active.
A quick call into Seaton Pond was thrown out the window when John Bridgelens came over for a chat. Couldn't get away! On a serious note it was good to catch up with you again John. Sadly no sign of the Great Grey Shrike whilst I was there today.
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(Pomarine Skua - © Derek Charlton)
(Barred Warbler - © Derek Charlton)2 lifers with Little Auk and Pomarine Skua, a bogey bird no more.
Until next time, Foghorn out!