20nm south of Start Point

Out on a fishing boat 20nm S of Start Point, at times foggy conditions. Good numbers of Manx Shearwaters seen from about 10nm out. Attracted to the boat were 5 juvenile Yellow-legged Gulls in with c200 mainly Herring and Lesser Black-backed gulls with a few juveniles of both these species also now out to sea. Also 4 European Storm-petrels (would normally expect more this time of year!) and 3 Bonxies.

At present records like these are not considered part of Devon as beyond 5nm, see http://forum.devonbirds.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=9 ,this is a great shame, with the potential of pelagic trips off the county, however the data can be sent to Marinelife http://marinelife-charm3.blogspot.co.uk/.

Posted July 24th, 2013 at 9:33 am by Mark Darlaston in Bird News