Hartland Point

Seawatch with Tim Davis from 09.45 (just after the main rainband cleared through) to 14.15. Blustery WNW wind picked up during the morning, steady F5-6, gusting 7, but perhaps not as strong as originally forecast. Plenty of seabirds, with an almost continuous stream of Manx Shearwaters, many of which were very close in until c.13.00. Total of 1,090 logged. Only one Balearic Shearwater though, at 11.20. Feeding frenzies of Gannets (with Harbour Porpoises beneath them) constantly dispersing and regrouping. Total of 400 estimated. Also one Bonxie at 13.20, small numbers of Kittiwakes, but not a single auk. One Ocean Sunfish close-in to the Point and several Grey Seals. Butterflies (yes, really!) included Wall and Common Blue. A brief look at Bucks Mills on the way home revealed four Med Gulls (three ads and a juv) sitting on the sea, close inshore, apparently hunkering down and riding out the storm.

Posted August 10th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News