I arrived at Teignmouth at 6:30 full of anticipation after the overnight wind and rain. The first scan over the sea showed a strong passage of Sandwich Terns
(150+ for the whole 2 hours 30 mins), with these were four Common Terns
. An adult Arctic Tern
lingered fairly close in to shore landing on the sea for a while, and a Black Tern
flew south fairly distantly at 7:30. Later on, 15 'commic' tern and 25 distant tern species flew south.
Skuas seen included four Great Skua
, one Pomarine Skua
, one Arctic Skua
and two other small skua sp., one of which was mobbing one of the distant Great Skuas.
I had to wait almost an hour until I saw my first shearwaters - totals included 10 Balearics
and 11 Manx
with a further 20+ which were too far away to identify. One flock of six Balearics passed fairly close at 8:45, swiftly followed by another single.
Other birds included 140+ Gannet
, 41 Fulmar
, 62+ Kittiwake,
13 Common Scoter
and another probable juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. A Harbour Porpoise
surfaced once but there was still no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull.