One method of separating it from similar species, such as the Arctic skua
, is by checking out the pomarine's long spoon shaped tail streamers.
colonies have plummeted by more than 80% in 25 years as smaller fish such as sandeels - their main diet - decline due to rising sea temperatures.
Connah's Quay nature reserve hosted 10 Spotted Redshanks and 16 Greenshanks, plus Arctic Terns, Gannets and Arctic Skua
blown up the Dee estuary on north-westerly winds.
As the name suggests, this site is an important area for seabirds such as black-headed gull, northern fulmar, Arctic skua
and black-legged kittiwake and guillemot.
But apart from a few semi–wild ponies, our companions were a red deer, hen harrier, peregrine, Arctic skua
, red–throated diver and a curious otter.
Monday's winds brought two pomarine skuas past RSPB South Stack, and an Arctic skua
chased a flock of 250 Arctic terns into the Glaslyn estuary, where three black terns fed last week.
BIRDWATCHERS have been flocking to the sands off Pembrey Country Park following sightings of an arctic skua
and snow buntings.
'When the winds are right, we sometimes get endless passages of shearwaters and kittiwakes, black guillemots and razorbills, and in among them, we're always looking out for the rarer Arctic skua
or storm petrel.
In the Shetland Isles, which are closer to the Arctic Circle than to London, Alan encounters one of Britain's more aggressive wild inhabitants - the Arctic skua
The birdlife at Slettnes, Gamvik 19891996: Mapping and start of a monitoring scheme of breeding waders (Charadrii) and arctic skua
Stercorarius parasiticus (in Norwegian, with English summary).
A Lapland bunting was a good find at Cemlyn, while more snow buntings were at Kinmel Bay and Bardsey, where a hooded crow and an early Arctic skua
THEY might look majestic but these Arctic skua
deserve to go before the beak - for ganging up on a bird half their size in a menacing mid-air mugging.