Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Storm Petrels in the Channel

Lade - 0700hrs - cool, sunny, w 5 - A much sunnier, drier day than yesterday, but still with a keen wind whipping in from the west. There seemed to be even more Swifts and House Martins on site this morning, skimming low over the lake and out across the Desert, probably numbering around 500. A Marsh Harrier battled against the strong wind and a Cuckoo could be heard, otherwise most land birds were adopting a low profile.
Dungeness - 1600-1700hrs - Following yesterdays gale force winds and rain a number of Storm Petrels were reported off the east coast of Thanet this morning. When I arrived at the fishing boats this afternoon several of the regular seawatchers were already leaving having completed a largely blank shift. There wasn't much change during my hour either, with a just a trickle of distant Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and a Common Tern noted moving west, but no sign of any petrels.

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