Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Frenzy!



At high tide this evening I was walking Bunty around the old airfield at Boulmer and could hear such a raucous noise of seabirds calling from the Seaton Point beach area. I could hear Kitty's, gulls and terns etc making such a row I thought I should take a look.

I was impressed to see the small bay south of Seaton Point choc-a-bloc of seabirds. There were ( guesstimates) 2000+ Guillemots, 1000+ large Gulls, a few hundred each of Gannets, Kittiwakes, Common and Black headed Gulls, plus smaller numbers of Common, Arctic and Sandwich Terns, Puffins, Razorbills, 2 Manx Shearwaters, 17 Common Scoters, 3 Goosanders, 30+ Eiders and a single Roseate Tern.

The scene above was taken on my phone about 300 metres offshore and stretched for half a mile or more in tight little ( big) groups. The place sounded like the Farnes! There must be a good showing of sandeels at the minute...

4 comments:

foggy said...

sounds like u enjoyed the western isles hoping to get up there sometime myself,the pine martins must have been fantastic to watch

foggo said...

ive never been one for seawatching
but i got a taste for it last weekend at cambois there were numerous common terns and i saw an artic skua chasing one, the tern seamed to get the better of it though and the skua flew off
then it had another go at another tern without success may be it was a juvenile i dont know
it seams like you were in the right place at the right time
to see a frenzy like that

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Hi, just found your blog via The Grocer. I live quite near Bamburgh and I love it! Was interested in your blog about the birds, my hubby's a keen bird-man, wouldn't call him a twitcher, being a farmer there's no time for it but that photo you took was incredible. Looking forward to visiting you again.
Crystal x

Boulmer Birder said...

Hiya Crystal, nice name...glad you like it.

F...Give seawatching a blast between August - October on a N - NE wind, you wont be disappointed...