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10 October, 1768

 

On 10 October, 1768, James Cook wrote “First part light breeze and clear weather. Middle Squally with heavy showers of rain”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Went out in the boat today… shot the black toed gull… It had not yet been describd according to Linnaeus's system, so calld it Larus crepidatus; its food here seems to be cheifly Helixes which appeard probable at least, on account of its dung being of a lively red colour, much like that which was procurd from the shells. I was drove home from this excursion by a very heavy squall of rain, which intirely wetted me through long before it was possible to return to the ship, however I receivd no other harm from the ducking than the present inconvenience of being so thoroughly wet. The remainder of today was very squally, with much rain; indeed it has been so ever since we lost the trade, and the people who have been here before say that it is generaly so in these latitudes; I can liken it to nothing so much as April in England, when it is very showery, the weather is never certain for two hours”.

The bird was the Arctic Skua, Stercorarius parasiticus.

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