Friday, 10 June 2011

English Channel 30+nm SSE off Start Point

Good birds around the boat today, which may bode well for the blow arriving on Sunday! Highlight a Sabine's Gull (presumed first summer, lacking full black head and yellow bill tip of adult), an adult Yellow-legged Gull, 50+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Bonxies. Surprisingly the most numerous gulls were 1oo+ Lesser Black-backed (mostly adults - failed or non-breeders?), with a handful of Herring and Great Black-backed .