Prawle Marathon Seawatch yesterday 18th August

Particpated in MARINELife/RSPB Balearic Survey yesterday with Tim Worfolk from 6.30am till close of play at 8pm.Conditions far from ideal ie glorious sunshine, blue skies etc and wind strength ranging from calm force 1 to 4+ towards the end and from WNW to WSW. Just before the seawatch at the point I saw my first Sedge Warbler and Goldcrest of the autumn (wonder what other passerines were around yesterday !) Also 50+ hirundines over the point (Swallows, Sand and House Martins)

Seawatching totals : 32 Balearic Shearwaters ( between 6.30 and 12.35); 1755 Manxies west and c 500 east ; 1 Bonxie west; 188 Gannets w,30 e ; 42 Kittiwakes w; 21 Fulmars w; 7 Sandwich terns w,1 e; 5 Commic Terns w; 5 Common Scoter w (all males); 11 waders e (either Curlew or Whimbrel); 2 smaller waders w (likely Knot) ; and 4 + Harbour Porpoises and 3 small cetaceans (likely Common Dolphins) 

Posted August 19th, 2015 at 10:52 am by Tony Marchese in General Birding