Monday, 15 August 2016

Manx Shearwaters at Borth

The forecast of a warm, sunny spell had me hoping for the now annual influx of Manx Shearwaters to Borth - Ynyslas, and it's looking promising.
After watching large numbers moving north off Aberystwyth at around 7;45 I decided to head for Borth.
From the lifeboat station, a raft of ca 1800 was off the reefs, with probably a couple of thousand more scattered to the north as far as the eye could see.
Very few Gannets around, just odd ones, but at least 40 Sandwich Terns went through, and my first Common Gull of the autumn.
There was a very obvious passage of hirundines, coming round the headland and continuing north along the beach.  Although I was concentrating on the sea, I noted at least 200 Swallows and about 80 House Martins.