Sunday 29 July 2018


Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on Exmouth cricket pitch.
A sea-watch from 0540 to 0630, from Orcombe Point, was breathtakingly bad. Just one shearwater past in all that time, and it was either Manx or Balearic. Otherwise, a single Fulmar east and 4 Mediterranean Gulls east, with a trickle of Black-headed Gulls. Gannets didn't even reach double figures! I left to look at the gulls on the cricket pitch, noting 1 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, about half a dozen Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 7 Mediterranean Gulls, amongst the Herrings and Black-heads.
A glance out to sea again, sometime after 10am, revealed two shearwaters together which were almost certainly Balearics - direct flight, no shearing etc. The visibility has been dreadful this morning.

Behind three juvenile Herring Gulls.

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull. Meds are everywhere you look in Exmouth at the moment, although I haven't seen the numbers they've had at the Warren.

Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull

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