Sunday, 10 July 2011

English Channel 20nm SSE of Start Point

Out on a fishing boat today, less birds than I hoped and no big shearwaters despite the blow over the last few days. Heading out, a trickle of Manx were following the coast. When fishing, attracted to the boat: 3 Great Skuas, 3 European Storm-petrels, 2 Common Terns, numerous Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Fulmars. The highlight a rather pristine Balearic Shearwater (most are in moult at present) feeding on discards - they are meant to be foraging closer inshore than this!