Thursday, 29 September 2016

New Quay seawatch

On arrival at the fish factory this morning a quick look through the local gulls produced an adult Little Gull and at least five Med Gulls.
During the five hour seawatch hundreds of Gannets went through; for long periods there were between 35 and 50 in view at any one time and with one scan I counted 135.
Six Arctic Skuas, all between 10.30 and 11.15.  At one point a pale bird was chasing a Sandwich Tern as a dark bird chased a Kittiwake.  I didn't know where to look.
Other counts were; Kittiwake 115, Common Scoter 36 (2f), Sandwich Tern 43, Med Gull 25 min, Manx Shearwater 31 and a single Fulmar.
Swallows coming in off the sea in little groups and a Grey Wagtail flew over my head.