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Old Thursday 5th September 2019, 16:58   #1
Jane Turner
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Long-tailed Skua/Jaeger Merseyside UK age needed

Yesterday I was late onto a Long-tailed Skua that flew past the house - it was an obvious LTS on build/jizz, and from behind/above and flying away, it was silvery grey uppered with striking B&W upper tail coverts, but beyond that I couldn't see any details

I assumed that it was a juv and called Hilbre to let them know it was coming and might even go behind them

Fortunately, they got onto it straight away [especially so since my call went to voicemail]

There are some excellent shots of it. The central tfs are long and pointed. There is a ghost of a cap.

1st summer is a really rare plumage in Europe, but is that what it is?

Photos by Phil Woollen on Hilbre

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