Artic Skua

Arctic Skua

Sean spotted the first Arctic Skua, stercorarius parasiticus, off Staithes this year on 11th July.  It was mobbing the herring gulls for their food, it’s a common habit of Skuas to chase and harasses gulls, terns and guillemots until they drop their prey which the skua quickly picks up and swallows. The Arctic Skua is a medium sized bird with pale patches at the end of it’s pointed wings.  It can be seen in the […]

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