Monday, 23 April 2012

Berry Head

Seawatch 0750-1050. Arrived as an intense belt of rain slackened off, good  numbers of birds moving south as soon as I looked out. Totals Manx Shearwater 1500+, Bonxie 17, Pomarine Skua 3 with full spoons(one very close), Arctic Skua 5 (one pale phase), Puffin 5, Common Scoter 15, Little Gull 1, Mediterranean Gull 3, Sandwich Tern 2, Red-throated Diver 1, Pale-bellied Brent Goose 7. Did not count auks initially as I assumed these would be mostly local, but large numbers then started passing and I estimate 3000 including several large groups of   Razorbills. Passage reduced considerably  after 10.00