arctic skua

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It is likely that the arctic skua, which has been on the beach seen since the new year, is getting its bearings having been blown off course.
Species added to the 2009 red list that were previously on the 2002 green list, of least concern: Arctic skua.
A coastguard said: "They appeared to be enthralled by an Arctic Skua and didn't realise the tide was coming in.
Another Balearic shearwater and a storm-petrel were off the Llyen's Porth Ysgaden, while four great skuas off Criccieth, an Arctic skua off Bardsey Island and dozens of Manx shearwaters from Penmaenmawr were the seawatching highlights before the tail-end of Hurricane Bill arrived mid-week.
On Anglesey, a snow bunting was on the shingle ridge at Cemlyn Bay, where an arctic skua was offshore.
Chris Felton visited Hilbre Island earlier this month and counted 15 Manx shearwaters, 22 arctic skua, over 350 Sandwich terns, plus gannets and kittiwakes.
Markedly scarce, a fine adult arctic skua powered by me just offshore - once they were a frequent sight at this time of the year, but they are recorded far less often now, a reflection of the declining seabird breeding populations farther north, no doubt.
Across the water, Peter Button kindly emailed me details of the grey phalarope on New Brighton Marine Lake last week, no doubt a hangover from the big blow on October 1st, which saw 100 Leach's petrels, pom and arctic skua off Hilbre, two grey phals at Leasowe, and six manx shearwaters off Red Rocks - thanks to Andy Jennings for the information.
I was 'scoping a dark morph arctic skua moving steadily south, when I noticed the superb raptor tearing the hell out of the fish on a post at Marshside.
Hobby, common scoter, arctic skua and osprey have been claimed from the area, and a nightjar was reported churring there in 2003.
An arctic skua gave chase to an unfortunate kittiwake, while fulmars and gannets went by us on stiff wings.
John Bannon em ailed me with an impressive species list from the ``pelagic'', with a juvenile long-tailed skua (found by Chris Tynan and Tim Melling), 12 arctic skua, two shag around the C2 buoy at the Mersey Bar, four little gulls, a young med gull, black tern, 200 common and 10 sandwich tern, guillemot, kittiwake, fulmar, peregrines around the tunnel vent shafts at Birkenhead, and even a clouded yellow butterfly struggling across the bay from Formby to Wirral.
The Arctic skua is the most numerous at this time of year,about the size of a peregrine falcon and just as fast.
After a very long hour Mike did find an Arctic Skua which showed off chasing Kittiwakes.
Throughout this month observers have braved the worsening conditions to face into the wind and rain, and search for birds passing over the sea off Porthcawl and, although there aren't many, there are quality finds such as 'bonxies' - birders' favourite name for the great skua - and arctic skuas.
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