Two of the Great Skuas in the, slightly murky, estuary this morning. Difficult to be sure just how many were knocking around but 5-10 would probably cover it.
First-winter Shag just off the point, had a standard metal ring on the right leg, same bird as seen at Severnside?
Storm Barney produced a few seabirds off Goldcliff Point today including two Gwent tart-ticks: Razorbill and Shag. Had I not got stuck in traffic it would have been three but Guillemot eluded me again, definitely my Gwent list bogey. Bird of the day, however, was probably a brief Slavonian Grebe on the water just off the point, all the briefer for me thanks to a show of despicable blocking tactics by the former county recorder (ungentlemanly conduct, bringing the game into disrepute, etc., yellow, borderline red, card behaviour). The best non-seabird was a late Swallow heading off towards Weston-super-Mare.
Haven't had a bad few days 'channel-watching' with Common Scoter, Great Northern Diver, Leach's Petrel, Gannet, Shag*, Slavonian Grebe**, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Razorbill*, auk sp., Black Guillemot* and Kittiwake all putting in appearances. Just waiting for the Surf Scoter to come and visit now.
* - Gwent and patch tick; ** - patch tick.