SW fresh wind in the morning, became stronger and more to west by late afternoon. Heavy showers.
North harbour wall 10.45-13:15. Almost all the seabirds seen prior to 11.45.
Gannet 6 in, 1 out
Manx shearwater 11 out
Kittiwake juv out
Common scoter 57 out
Auk sp 1 in
Whimbrel 1 out
Oystercatcher c. 2000
I checked from the lighthouse late afternoon (MD)
Manx Shearwater 1 out
Nothing else within my range.
I was sheltering behind the lighthouse looking out to the sea for seabirds, meanwhile a seabird was also sheltering behind the lighthouse, and looking at me! This Kittiwake was only 5m away, also in the lea of the lighthouse.
|Kittiwake in "unusual" plumage. Pete advises that it is a 2nd calendar year bird very|
late moulting, by now it should be well advanced into winter plumage, i.e. adult plumage
Willow Warbler 1 in scrub
Painted Lady 1, briefly on the Unscented Mayweed - a bit of a surprise.
Mediterranean gulls - at least 18 including 2 juvenile and a 2nd calendar year
There were at least 6 on the sea out from the lighthouse, even after the beach next to the jetty had become exposed. There were 12 on the beach when I left. This adult/3cy came in from the north to join other meds on the sea.
Not a great shot this one, but this young Herring gull appeared reluctant to let go of what looks to be a blue plastic cap. I hope it wasn't somehow physically attached to it!