Up at 6am and 2 Crossbills flying over my house before heading off to Skomer with my dear friend Javier Hidalgo and his friends Penny Williamson and Keith and Paulette Murray. As well as being one of the World's top sherry makers Javier is a superb ornithologist and conservationist particularly in his native Spain. This was to be his first visit to the island.
Arriving at Martin's Haven Choughs were very noisy and an amazing flock of 26 flew overhead as we got ready to board the Dale Princess. I also bumped into a group of birders from Essex which included old pals Annetta Adams and Steve Grimwade of Swallow Birding. It was so nice to see them again. We set off full of anticipation as usual.
Arriving at the jetty the immediate spectacle of hundreds of Puffins stirred the system significantly. We lugged luggage up to the tractor and walked on to the farm. More Choughs were very vocal and noisy Oystercatchers chased off predatory gulls. My friends were staying the night to hopefully witness the spectacular sight of thousand of Manx Shearwaters coming ashore after dark so they had to get there rooms sorted before we could walk. We made for the Wick where more great Puffin views can be had. The wind was very strong here but we could enjoy a few Puffins some already coming in with beakfuls of sand eels for their newly hatched young.
|Puffin with sand eels|
|Another Puffin with sand eels|
I was leaving on the 3pm boat so we all walked back down to the landing stage and spent time watching very tame Razorbills and more Puffins carrying sand eels.