I came in from work at 6pm this evening and was changed and down on the coast path by 6.10pm.
Although not ideal seawatch conditions, I fancied that the recent jet stream / hurricane would blast some birds over and into the north sea and there might be a bit of a high pressure movement to follow. Today's light SE3 came from a small, moving high, and if the forecast is right it will soon be replaced by another rain bearing low...
Enough of the Michael Fish, what was had...
6.10pm - 7.10pm
Sooty Shearwater 11 N my first of the year.
Manx Shearwater 34 N
Arctic Skua, difficult to be sure but somewhere in the region of 9 seen. They sneak around after tern frenzies so I tried not to duplicate counts.
Bonxie 1 N
Red throated Diver 1 S
Pale Bellied Brent Geese 29 N
Black Tern 2 in a tern frenzy consisting of about 50+ Arctic and Common Terns and a few Kittiwakes.A patch tick!
Wigeon 9 N
Pintail 3 N
Teal 16 N
Common Scoter 3 N
Then back to set the moth trap in time for tea...