Saturday 6 August 2011

Balearic Shearwaters

Lade - 0600hrs - mild, cloudy, sw2 - Not much on the moth front last night apart from a pristine White-point. The pits had a small influx of Sand  Martins over the water and several more Wigeons. Whimbrel and Greenshank overhead calling.
ARC 1130hrs - From the causeway road, single Blackwit, Common Sand and LRP, plus the Goosander amongst the sleeping Pochards. From Hanson an increase in Goldies to 145 (mostly adults), singles of Wood, Green and Common Sands, 6 LRPs, 3Wigeon and 3 Common Terns.
Dungeness Boats  - 1400hrs A two hour seawatch from the concrete road in the company of the Joker proved to be a strange affair as most of the seabirds were feeding around the point making it difficult to calculate numbers. However, at least 2 Balearic Shearwaters (year tick) were in company with hundreds of Gannets, Kitts, Common and Sandwich Terns, 10ish Arctic Skuas, 10 Guillemots and at least 10 Harbour Porpoises and a Grey Seal. Moving west, were 2 Whimbrel, 20 Common Scoter and a Manx. There was no sign of this mornings Atlantic Petrel, seen off the south coast of Cornwall, yet...

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