Sunday, 11 September 2011

Budleigh Seafront

Another exciting morning and unsurprisingly, similar numbers to Orcombe Point. The Balearic numbers were obviously the main spectacle with the majority of birds close in-shore. The biggest numbers were in the first hour or so.

Interesting that so few birds are being seen at Portland and Berry Head. Although very few birds were actually seen heading east, I guess it is worth being cautious on actual total numbers as it is possible birds could be circulating on a loop too far out to be seen and are then returning W? Regardless, there are certainly a lot of birds out there!

Between 07.00 - 10.30 Helen, Doug and I enjoyed the following:
Balearic Shearwaters - 250+ passed W with the majority in the first 1.5hrs
Manx Shearwaters - Some birds in with the Balearics and further out early on but not counted
Pomarine Skua - 3 including a very close adult
Great Skua - 6
Arctic Skua - 10+
Skua sp - 2
Kittiwake - 150+ on sea
Commic Tern - 30+
Sandwich Tern - 8+