Prawle Point Seawatch and Beesands Ley

Mixed expectations as John L. and I started to watch the sea from 7.30am in a force 4 going 5 , SW going SSW , wind with some mist and cloud/showers but also some sunshine.  Unfortunately  John had to leave at 12 as the highlight  was an adult Sabine’s Gull which drifted east , close , on slightly bowed wings arcing over the waves at 12.50pm ( having checked my notes apologies to Birdguides as previously reported as seen at c 1.50 )

Up till then 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Balearic and 2 Manx Shearwaters . Also  1 Black Throated Diver, 1 Red Breasted Merganser,  2 adult Med. Gulls , 2 Common Scoter and 2 Fulmars  mainly west. Backing up were : 120 auks w, 16 e; 115 Gannets w,26 e; 30 Kittiwakes w, 39 e.Also at least 3 Harbour Porpoises ( 2 adults and a young one ?)

At 2.30pm I left for Beesands Ley where the Long-Tailed Duck was found after a few minutes whilst a horde of duck went berserk for several minutes flying in formation and frenetically from one end of the ley to another for no apparent reason. No raptor,no predator visible. Fun ? As Perry had previously commented many more water birds than last year : 85 Coot ( no Americans detected !) ,46 Tufted Duck ,1 female Scaup (note at least 4 ‘scaup-faced’ Tufted ), 23 Gadwall, 2 Mallard, 2 Moorhen,2 Little Grebe, 3 Swan , 13 BH Gull and 23 Herring Gull and I Lesser BB Gull. Only 12 Canada Geese. Finally Cetti’s, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest calling  as the sun shone (giving fabulous double rainbow) 

Posted November 12th, 2014 at 8:49 pm in Bird News