Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Still high pressure resulting in some seabird movement off shore. Bright and sunny.
A short seawatch from Boulmer this evening was well worth it when a Balearic Shearwater wavered its way north with two of its Manx relatives for comparison. As these seabirds are impossible for me to photograph, some rough field notes give you an idea what I'm talking about.
These birds are internationally endangered, the whole world population numbering only a few thousand birds all breeding in the mediterranean, as the name implies. They are quite unusual in that they first migrate north to British coasts before moving back south into the Atlantic.
Sooty Shearwater 2, 1N and 1, unusually, 1 lingering around the feeding frenzies quite close in.
Manx Shearwtaer 12+N
Golden Plover 200
125. Balearic Shearwater.