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23 January 2022 - It was a Black-legged Kittiwake show on the
whale-watching cruise today. We didn't even try to get an accurate
count, but it was a lot, certainly more than 50 and maybe 100.
They were the most abundant Gull we saw. Interesting to see a
fairly wide variation in the amount of black in the wings, width
of the black collar, and some birds that appeared to be
intermediate between juvenile and adult plumage.
There were also lots of Rhinoceros Auklets, sometimes in rafts of
10-15 birds, and most of them already have facial plumes; Feather
got a photo of one with a horn.
Only a couple of Fulmars; apparently the large numbers have moved
back out to sea. The weather turned calm, no wind and plentiful
sunshine for the last couple of days. The ocean was nearly flat so
it was extremely pleasant.
Oh, and the whale-watching was pretty good too, we had a few pods of Grays and one got fairly close to the boat.