Saturday, 10 September 2011

Budleigh Seafront

Three sessions, two this morning 08.00 - 08.45 and 10.00 - 11.00 and one this evening 17.30 - 19.15hrs

This morning the visibility was not so great but there were still at least 10+ Balearic Shearwaters visible moving W, up to 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and a prob Pom Skua. Also a continual stream of 20+ Commic Tern and 20+ Sandwich Tern with the odd Arctic Tern. A juv Long-tailed Skua was seen between my two morning visits by Doug C and Ray H.

However, as per Matt's post, the movement this evening was pretty intense with at least 70+ Balearic Shearwater, less Manx Shearwaters, though shearwaters were visible very distantly out to the S&W (presumably Matt's Manx mentioned below). Also a very large movement of Kittiwake again heading W with large groups sat on the sea . There were at least 300+ birds sitting on the water last thing this evening, but alas no Sabine's Gull. Also 1 Arctic Skua, and a brief Grey Phalarope heading W.