Saturday 20 August 2016


Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull - Cricket Pitch
Did a two hour sea-watch from the raised beach huts with Nick this morning. We expected a bit more to be honest and gripping news from Lee of  a Cory's south had us scratching our heads. It must have come through on a line that didn't involve it passing Orcombe. C'est la vie! Nick and I recorded 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua, 21 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, c50+ Sandwich Tern and a trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes which, given the conditions, didn't feel like a great return for our efforts. On the way back for breakfast I checked the cricket pitch with Dave Stone and was pleased to pick up another Yellow-legged Gull. It's amazing how they steadily trickle through at this time of year but it won't be for much longer now if previous years are anything to go by.
Following a morning at football in Exeter and a bite to eat, I popped back up to Orcombe Point for an hour (1315 - 1415) to look at the sea. A further 6 Balearic Shearwaters headed west and 5 + Manx Shearwaters were logged too, along with just 2 more Fulmars.

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