• Thu. Nov 30th, 2023


The Pet encyclopedia

Strumble Head – Wilson’s storm petrel

Another hopeful visit in a 15mph NNW between 6-12. Not the most dynamic watch with fewer Kittiwake, manxies and gannet passing but inbetween the slow bits there were some high excitement and some frustrations. Scoter moving through in patches totalling around 178. About a dozen Sandwich terns. 6 Arctic skua (1 pale, 5 dark), single Bonxie and a cracking juv Long-tailed skua at 8:55. 2 Balearic shearwater were the first of the season. Two shouts of probable Cory’s but we were straining the scopes magnification to get any kind of view before both birds appeared to drop onto the water and lost to sight. Storm petrels were passing regularly totalling 17 but could be devils to get on, however eagle-eyed Luke, George and Martin picked out a bird with a different giz, a bit larger with a more gliding flight – a Wilson’s storm petrel. We were also treated to a Minke whale that leapt at least 10 times clear of the water and the same or maybe different whale jumped again 30 minutes later.