Wednesday 7 September 2022

Balearic Shearwaters

Warm and showery, SW 3 - Checked Lade Bay on a falling tide this morning where the number of Sandwich Terns had fallen somewhat from yesterday but was still in the low hundreds. Waders included 20 Knot, 20 Dunlins and 10 Sanderlings, while two Arctic Skuas and two Balearic Shearwaters came into the bay, though distant. Moving onto the point, from the fishing boats, where a notable movement of Balearics was underway; whilst I was there 25 went down-Channel including two flocks of five and by midday 63 had been logged by JS. Several Arctic Skuas and a lone Bonxie also noted along with plenty of Gannets, a few Guillemots, Sandwich and Common Terns, a Chiffchaff on the beach and a trickle of hirundines, mostly Swallows, outbound. 

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