Orcombe Point

I apologise in advance for the fact that your not supposed to put a story on here but I feel it will be worth it.

Had a half hour sea watch between 4:40 and 5:10 which turned out to be very productive indeed. Having not seen much apart from 2 Manx Shearwater, 3 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gannets and the usual Gulls. I was about to leave.

On what I had decided was going to be my last sweep of the bay I caught up with 3 Manx Shearwater going west and reasonably far out. Watched them for a few seconds when they passed a very large bird heading east. My initial thought was GBB Gull so I kept watching the Manxies. After a few more seconds my brain kicked in to gear and said "there's something different about that bird" I quickly got back on to it and was able to track it until it went past, towards sandy bay. I was 95% confident on what I had just seen but didn't call it at the time as I felt I needed to double check a few ID points on what I was seeing.

I was then in a rush to get home for father duties but did however manage to alert Matt Knot to my thoughts (thanks Matt for trying to get a few people out). I have now had time to scrutinised Collins and the internet etc and can confidently say it was a BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS 

Again, sorry I havent put this out sooner as I wanted to be certain as it's a very big call to make. Keep your eyes peeled folks. It may still be in Lyme Bay somewhere.

Matt will agree with the fact that birding Orcombe Point can be tough going but it does pay off from time to time. It's been a rather good Spring there this year. Annoyingly for Matt, he was leaving as I was arriving. We had both had the same thoughts "let's watch the sea". I truly hope it shows up again for other to enjoy.

Posted May 26th, 2017 at 9:39 pm by Spencer Dicks in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts