Friday, 11 May 2012

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.30 – 09.15 Overcast, but dry (!), with very good visibility; cold and blustery onshore NW wind. Strong early passage of Swallows, presumably having left fairly local roosts, with 200 W before 07.00. Also 5 Swifts, but just 1 House Martin. Still Whimbrels about (14 yesterday evening, 5 this morning). Offshore: 101 Manx Shearwaters, 120 auks (majority Razorbills), 17 Kittiwakes, 2 Common Scoters W and 1 dark-phase Arctic Skua E, quite close in. 1 Lesser Whitethroat the only notable grounded passerine. The few Chiffs, Whitethroats and Blackcaps about seemed all to be 'resident' territory holders.