As often happens the more extreme the weather the more the desire to go out and experience it. Skomer Head was certainly worth a visit, the battle to get out there led to one stumbling along the path like a drunk after a particularly heavy night.
Views from Skomer HeadWith all the wind and rain it's not been too upsetting that we've a load of office work to be getting on with - reports and bird lists as well as sorting out all the monitoring. We have managed to get out for a few tasks though. This is a good time of year for several vegetation transects and erosion monitoring as most of the vegetation is pretty low.
Bird-wise there's a few more ducks building up on the pond now, nothing rare yet though. Woodcocks are passing through and there's large numbers of Starlings around. Hen Harriers are being seen regularly as are Merlin, plenty of Buzzards and Peregrines are seen more often hunting inland - seeming particularly fond of the Woodcocks.
Today there was a Common Seal on the beach at North Haven, the first seen around the island for a few years.
Not too long left here now so we're starting to make plans for winter travels, but making the most of Skomer while we still can.