Then a dark phase Arctic Skua passed through the solent, great year tick and a lifer for Robbie and Rebekah. Not long after the arctic another Skua was spotted, rebekah and I commented on the tail length and the size – it turned out to be a Pomarine Skua!! Great start to the day and a lifer for Sam, Robbie and Rebekah although it was distant. Some Whimbrel came in off as well.
Lots of black tailed godwits and a few bar-tails. There was a lovely summer plum turnstone and nearby a little ringed plover.
One male Wheatear put in an appearance which was nice.
From here we went to Acres down in hope of seeing a wood warbler.
Picking up on call first we located one male, hearing approximately 3. Lovely birds and I will have to try and get a pic at some point.
A few other day list ticks here as well.
We then decided to go and try to see the groppers and nightingales at calshot.
No sign of either to start with but another male Wheatear on the beach was a nice start.
Great 11 hours in the field and now I’m shattered!
85 species for the day and 177 for the year.