Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Manx Shearwaters!

With strong wind being SSW 7-9 early this morning I had high hopes of a very productive sea watch and possibly a Storm Petrel or 2, but as is often the case I was wrong and very poor visibility didn't help. When the rain stopped I tried again and the first hour was quite productive, then the wind veered to westerly and visible passage seemed to cease.
05.25-07.25 &11.10-14.00 with AJG & MH

Common Scoter: 15 up
Fulmar: 20 down
Manx Shearwater: 44 down
Gannet: 67 down       122 up
Cormorant: 12 around
Kittiwake: 4 down
Sandwich Tern: 31 down
Common Tern: 11 down
Auk: 2 down
Swift: 37 out
The strong winds continued all day making general birding virtually impossible. Over the lakes 100s of Swifts and House Martins also 2 Spoonbills put in a brief appearance on the ARC and Burrowes.

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