Thursday, 22 May 2014

Early Balearic

I had a two hour seawatch this morning from 10:00 to 12:00.

It started off really quiet, but at about 11:00 when the rain came through, a few birds started to appear. A surprise was the years first Balearic Shearwater which passed relatively close, revealing its golden underparts in the sun between showers. Nice to see, and pretty early as well. Also two Manx Shearwater, c50 Kittiwake, c15 Sandwich Tern, three Common Scoter and c50 Auk sp. (mostly, if not all Guillemots).

A Great Skua spent a few minutes far offshore around a trawler, and five Swift and four Swallow flew north over the sea.

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