Warm weather on the 20th March had several Brimstones and Tortoiseshells on the wing. A flock of 50 Meadow Pipits were on passage on the 21st. On the 23rd Chiffchaff were singing and on the 24th four Sand Martins and a single Swallow were over the res. A male Siskin was seen displaying on the 27th and a Marsh Tit was coming to the garden feeder. Today, 28th, Raven and Peregrine were fly overs and a single male Wheatear is feeding in the fields near Retreat Farm.
So after all those seabirds, whales and dolphins it is back to the wildlife and especially the birds around Thornton. On Thursday it was nice to see a pair of Grey Partridge in the field below the nursery. This is the first time that I have seen this Red listed species locally for several years. I hope that they successfully breed.
Nearby were a pair of Grey Wagtails, feeding in the outflow channel. This species breeds locally and is always great to see.
My latest trip was to the Falklands and various parts of the east coast South America. It was great to get amongst the Kings of Volunteer Point on the Falklands.
Magellenic and Gentoos are also present.
While crossing the Tropics Masked , Red Footed and Brown Boobies followed the ship. Magnificent Frigate birds chased them to rob them of their Flying fish catch.
Soft Plumaged Petrel.
Pom. Skuas heading north.
White chinned and below a Spectacled Petrel.
Falklands Skua and Gentoos.
Skuas harry the Gentoo colony.
Back from the fishing trip.
Wish I wasn't so ugly!
Slender billed Prion. I think? I tried to find some other prion species, but no luck. I did manage a single Blue Petrel, but alas no photo.
Black browed Albatross.
Common Diving Petrel. We also saw Magellenic.
The 1st Feb. was a sea day. We were heading from the Falklands towards Punta Arenas and the southern tip of South America. It was great to see so many Black browed Albatross following the ship. At one time I estimated in excess of 2000.
I had real difficulty id- ing the larger Alberts. Above is a Southern Royal.
White morph Southern Giant Petrel. Known as White Nellies!
Possibly a Northern Royal above?
A tick for me, Atlantic Yellow -nosed Albatross.
A moulting Cory's shearwater.
It was a great trip. We also encountered 16 species of Cetacean. If anyone spots a mistake on my species id then please correct me.