Berry Head

Seawatch 11:40-14:00. Not expecting a good watch as conditions were rather clear, but.... we connected with an impressive movement of 153 Little Gulls, largest flocks 31 & 29 (mostly ads, with some 1w and at least one 2w) - not sure what the Devon record* is but certainly the most I've seen. Also 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Bonxies, Pomarine Skua, unid skua (distant prob Arctic), Ad Med Gull, 86 Common Scoter one flock containing a drake Scaup, 26 Pintail (25 incl. at least 2 drakes and later another single drake on its own). Still 20+ Harbour Porpoise feeding off the headland and in the distance were thousands of gulls and Gannets feeding - so plenty of food at present, though this had dispersed by the time we left. Passing waders included a Snipe and Dunlin and on the quarry face a Black Redstart.

*Ed. This appears to be a new Devon (day) Little Gull passage record. Although, to put it in context on the otherside of Lyme Bay, Portland saw 1523 (1138 from the Bill and 268 from Ferrybridge), a staggering 10x our total! How many would we have seen if we'd started earlier?

Posted November 11th, 2013 at 4:59 pm by Mark Darlaston in Bird News