Monday, 30 April 2012

Torcross

Sea-watch from the south end of Torcross village from 08:15-13:30.
On arrival Manx Shearwaters flooding through heading south. Was good to have the extra eyes of Tom, Crinkle and Stodge soon join me. By doing a few timed counts birds estimated to be moving through at over 3600 per hour on my arrival until slowing down around 10:00. About half this number going through for the next hour after which numbers decreased again and they passed further out in Start Bay.
Also heading south 8 Common Scoter, 2 Storm-Petrels, good Fulmar passage c200 per hour, 2 Great Northern Divers, 15 Dunlin, Whimbrel, Little Gull, Common Tern, 18 Sandwich Terns, 14 Great Skuas, Arctic Skua and 1 unidentified Skua.
After the large number of Swallows seen over the ley yesterday evening, just a small number there this morning though a couple hundred at Torcross early afternoon.