I went on the Bridlinton Skua and shearwater trip today for the first time. seas were flat and the wind has been relatively calm for the last 4 days so I didn't hold out much hope of seeing much.
On the way out there was quite a bit of common stuff including razorbills, guillimots shag, sandwich and common tern. It wasn't long before we saw our first skua-an arctic, followed quickly by a sooty shearwater then a balearic shearwater, then the highlight of the trip was an adult sabines gull (which I unfortunately didn't see) then a great skua, arctic tern, little gull and a manx shearwater.
We toured round further out and put out a line of chum but this only attracted gbb, herring gull and fulmar.
The sun came out briefly and a breeze got up and this seemed to stir the gannets into action.
At about 11.30 we started to head back and closer to land we saw some more arctic skuas and quite a number of black terns and a small party of red throated divers.
By all accounts today was one of the better trips in term of species but there was not as many shearwaters as i'd hoped.That said it was a cracking day and I'll definitely be going back.Arctic skua
Arctic skua and common tern
Great black backed gull