Thursday, 14 June 2012

Berry Head and English Channel

Today at Berry Head 12:00-16:00, pretty quiet given a strong SE with rain. Heading south were 5 Puffins, 213 Manx Shearwaters, 203 Gannets, one double light Fulmar in with the normal light birds. There were also 71 Swifts (in small groups), appearing to leave the land and head out in S-SE direction. Were these failed breeders or birds just trying to outpace the weather system?

Yesterday out fishing mid-channel, also pretty quiet, though the highlight was a Minke Whale. Also seen c6 Storm Petrels, 6 Common Terns,  while most Manx seen were 6 miles off Dartmouth (though I failed to spot a small one amoung them!).