Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Today was dull and mainly overcast with a moderate N5.

Two short seawatches before and after work totaling about 1.75hrs from Boulmer had -

Bonxie 2N
Sooty Shearwater 2N
Manx Shearwater 9N
Storm Petrel 1N seen fleetingly as it fluttered by a pot flag before vanishing back into the troughs between the waves. Only my second here.
Balearic Shearwater 1N, the second of the autumn, showed well close in lingering briefly and landing for a second before meandering its way N. None seen in 2006, but 3 in 2005. Will I beat my best?
Roseate Tern 2
Arctic Tern 25+
Sandwich Tern few
Teal 40N
Wigeon 23N
Mallard 4N
Common Scoter 1N
Red throated Diver 2S

On the shore 26 Dunlin, 2 juv Knot, 1 juv Bar tailed Godwit, 25 Sanderling.

At work today a Swift was above Ashington main street

130. Storm Petrel.

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