Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Balearic Shearwater

Dungeness - 1400-1600hrs - warm, dry and sunny, w 3 - An afternoon seawatch from the boats in the company of MH, TG et al was memorable for cracking views of a Balearic Shearwater (199th Marsh year tick) moving down-channel at 1505hrs. An adult Arctic Skua came close chasing the terns of which there was a steady flow, including a very early juvenile Arctic Tern. Numbers during the two hours as follows: Gannet 34, Common Tern 125, Black Tern 4, Arctic Tern 1, Little Gull 1, Kittiwake 5, Sandwich Tern 4, Guillemot 1, Arctic Skua 1, Balearic Shearwater 1, Common Scoter 81 east, 30 west.
As always there was plenty of lively banter, anecdotes and jokes, most that`d I`d heard before (even Barney looked bored), but as usual the old boys told `em like they were on their first outing!
On the bird reserve up to five Wood Sandpipers still on ARC from Hanson (MB).

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