Sunday, August 21, 2011

all the b's

Another Seatrack morning so up to Galley with the lark. Conditions were once again flat calm, as they've been pretty much every survey morning, still we stuck it out for 2 hours. Highlight waa 2 great shearwaters, one of which was nice and close, plus 5 sooty shearwaters and 3 bonxies. However, the reward came on the way back when a fine bar-tailed godwit flew over calling (113).  Think this was about my 5th for Galley, where waders are never easy. All good.

Back up to the light for the IWDG Whalewatch Day this afternoon. A good turnout, with probably over 200 people there over the afternoon. Not much fish action, but a distant blowing fin whale was seen by quite a few folk.  Better than that was a balearic shearwater, which snuck past with a few manxies, while everyone was looking for blubber (114).  Three sooties and a handful of storm petrels was the rest of it.  However two year ticks in a day at this time of year has to be good!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

the autumn starts here!

A puff of south-eaterlies mid-morning so I dragged the bike out of the shed for the first autumnal visit to Shite Lane. Its looking really good just now, with loads of birds jumping around - mostly sparrows and finches but must drag in a rosefinch this year - fingers crossed!

A goldcrest in the sycamores turned out to be a year tick (112), while a willow warbler was also knocking about - a taste of things to come...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

great seawatch

A slow start to the morning seawatch which eventually got going as a few great shearwaters began to lumber past (110). A couple were nice and close - there's something very special about large shearwaters - you have to stay on them all the way by - class! A good few sooty shearwaters were scooting through too, and another pomarine skua late in the watch was good. Not a bad morning's work in the end.  111 including the common tern on de lake from last sat too.