For the third year in a row, we´ve had some heavy LT Skua passage at Estaca de Bares (Galicia, NW Spain) this past week, with a record 183 birds seen on friday (aprox. 95 per cent adults, as in the previous 2 late august passages). It seems that if the conditions are good (strong NWesterlies) during the last week of August, the chances of seeing this big movement from land at Estaca are fairly good.
We also recorded good passage of other pelagic species, with 650 skuas of the 3 small species in 2 days, 700 Great Shears, 120 Sabine´s, etc...though the Brown Booby hasn´t been seen again.
"Surprisingly", not a single pterodroma seen over the last few weeks, specially considering the number of them we had last autumn, and, given the lack of records off Ireland this month, it looks like it´s a bad year for them around here.
Interesting too, we did a pelagic on saturday off Malpica, and had at least 70 Wilson´s Petrels over the chum, together with 100+ Sabine´s, 37 LT SKuas, and a few hundred Great Shears (very common offshore this year in the entire Bay of Biscay)
I attach a couple of nice shots from Juan Sagardía