|Pale Morph Arctic Skua: Photo Moss Taylor|
Martyn, Joseph and I payed our annual autumn pilgrimage to Spurn today. As you might expect given the direction of this weeks winds there was not very much going on although sea watching in the morning provided a diverse range of interesting stuff including crippling views of a Great Skua close in-shore, Black Throated and Red Throated Divers, a smattering of auks and Gannet and for some people a few Manx Shearwater going through. I was also able to connect with one or two summer migrants that I had missed.
This afternoon sea watching was slower but thanks to Joseph we were all able to connect with a pale morph Arctic Skua (my first since 2007 believe it or not)! The bird was first seen chasing a gull before settling on the sea and eventually flying off south. A distant bird but satisfying none the less.
Altogether a satisfying day of 'proper' birding so a big thank you to Martyn and Joseph for their company as always - Chaz