Tuesday 19 September 2023

Balearic Shearwaters

Dungeness - Cloudy, showers, SW 5-6 - On a day like today, and at this time of year, there`s only one realistic birding option - a seawatch from the point, where I joined DW et al for two hours (0930-1130hrs) sheltering in the lee of the fishing boats as the wind picked up to near gale force. The early seawatchers had recorded 25 Balearics and six Sooty Shearwaters from the hide; while during my stint from the boats we had at least 18 Balearics coming down Channel, mostly a good distance out but including two flocks of seven birds together. Also noted a steady movement of Sandwich Terns and Gannets, several auks, five Arctic Skuas and a probable Long-tailed Skua, a few hirundines striking out for France, plus Harbour Porpoises and Grey Seals in the sea.

                                 Clifton Nonpareil
                                  Barred Red

The only birds of note recently on my Ted walks around the New Romney farmland have been flyovers of Great White Egret and Grey Wagtail. Chiffchaffs seem to be everywhere though, including in the garden, where a Blackcap was also noted drinking from the bird bath. The stand out moth in the trap of late was a stunning Clifden Nonpareil, a first me, yesterday morning. 

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