Prawle seawatch yesterday (4/8)

Prior to the seawatch, a walk along the front turned up 2 Whimbrel, 14 Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin and 3 Common Sandpipers.

Now the seawatch, JAL and FS watched from 06.00 to 15.00, while I did 08.00 to 18.00. Final totals were 1 Cory's Shearwater, west at 09.40, 1 Great Shearwater west at 16.50, 2 Sooty Shearwaters west late PM, with another 2 probables early AM, 190 Balearic Shearwaters west, (all but 2 after 08.00), 2320 Manx Shearwaters, 1480 Gannets, 30 Fulmars, 16 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Great Skuas, 1 Arctic Skua, 1 Med Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Razorbill, 6 Guillemots, 3 Puffins and 5 Swift.

Fair play to 'the MD' at Start Point. I doubt I'd recognize a Yelk Shearwater if it hit me between the eyes, but I probably would a Little Shearwater!  Comparisons are interesting, and it would appear that many birds passing Start Point then head out into the Channel rather than follow the coast. e.g. only 1 Tern at Prawle, 30+ at Start, 16 Puffins compared to just 3, and the slightly but significantly lower totals of Shearwaters. I sincerely hope the Little Shearwater did do that, rather than pass un-noticed under my nose!

Posted August 5th, 2013 at 4:06 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News