Sunday, 11 September 2011

Teignmouth

Strong SW veering S. latterly, very good visibility with sun behind me through diffuse cloud. 15:00 - 16:30
After rather underwhelming seawatches at Start yesterday and Berry Head this morning I took my scope along for the Sunday afternoon family walk on Teignmouth seafront. Apparently in contrast to Seaton this similarly "inward" Lyme Bay site was busy with seabirds: 5 Balearic Shearwaters N. only 3-400m offshore with 4-5 more distant shearwaters (presumably Balearic), 100+ Gannets, 30-40 Sandwich Terns, 20+ ad. Kittiwakes and 3-4 Common Terns S. or fishing at close/medium range. From 16:00 to 16:07 a probable Cory's Shearwater towered and sheared S. along the horizon on a line from the Exe to Hopes Nose. A similarly distant dark skua sp. N. at 15:40 was probably Arctic.