Trip reports

A morning's observation at Strumble Head

A morning's observation at Strumble Head
John Roach

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The small group met at Strumble Head Bird Observatory (a converted WW2 gun emplacement) at 10.00am on a blustery day with variable visibility. The seas were rough and no cetaceans were seen, only a few seals seeking shelter near the coast. However the Observatory afforded protection against the wind (see photo) and there was constant slow movement of birds in a SW direction battling against the strong SW wind. Over the next three hours there were constant very good views of juvenile blacked back, herring and black headed gulls along with occasional common gulls, shags, cormorants, gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, auks and razorbills. More rarer species included balearic, manx and sooty shearwaters and two skuas. Outside the observatory on the coastal heath a flock of meadow pipits were feeding but the strong wind was not conducive here to any prolonged birdwatching.