BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Great Skua



Great Skua Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764)

Great Skua Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764)

(Extremely rare PM)

  1. One, immature or dark-phase adult, 17th Sep 2011 (N.R. Milbourne, R.M. Curber, P. Delve, T. Doman).

The author picked up a Great Skua (Bonxie) Stercorarius skua soaring over the dam end while Roy Curber, Terry Doman and Phil Delve were standing in front of the Lodge checking the wildfowl. A huge black rainstorm came up the Severn Estuary and I assume this bird was pushed east around it because it drifted in from the west over the dam, dropped, then went up high and drifted further east down the lake before turning and coming back over the dam end and carrying on out west towards the coast. It may have been a bird migrating south on the Wash-Severn flyway.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Rose, H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report 2011. Avon Ornithological Group

Updated 10 January, 2013