Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Start Point

Seawatch 08:00-14:00: pretty wet and windy, but not a huge amount passing given the conditions. Heading SW were 113 Manx Shearwaters, Puffin, 2 Red-throated Divers (heading N), 32 Razorbills, 19 Guillemots, 21 Fulmars, 42 Kittiwakes and 114 Gannets. At least 17 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks, then heading N and a light passage of 100+ hirundines coming in off the sea (mostly Swallows and Sand Martins with a few House Martins). Of note, a few days previously one of the angling boat skippers reported 6 Little Gulls (3 in breeding plumage ) around the boat 20+ mile off Start.