Monday, 3 October 2011

St Marys, Mon. 26 Sept 2011.

The morning was spent studying the Lesser Yellowlegs and the Solitary Sandpiper again at Higgo's Pool.  No sign of the waterthrush today though - the first day in six consecutive days that I've not seen the waterthrush!  But at the time of writing (2nd October), it is still present. 

I spent much of the rest of the morning looking for a Red-eyed Vireo in the dump clump, and also a Wryneck in Old Town cemetery - no sign of either, a bit disappointing.
The return crossing on the Scillonian was one of the best - very calm, so I wasn't feeling seasick, and there was plenty to look at: at least 3 Storm Petrel, 2+ Balearic, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Skua, 2 Arctic Skua, nice views of 3+ Common Dolphin in the Scillonian's wake.  Best of all just off the Cornish coast, 3 Harbour Porpoises, and also a Minke Whale between us and the coastline with the Minack Theatre!  The whale surfaced three times, and wasn't in view for long, but was still an impressive sight; it's been a few years since I last saw one.

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