Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Cancale, East of St Malo
Approx. 200 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, 3 Little Tern, 10 Sandwich and Common Tern, a few Guillemot and Razorbill, Gannet, 4 Brent Geese, 1 Peregrine and 1 Merlin.  At Peid de la Chaine 2 Wheatear and 5 Mediterranean Gull.  Sightings reported by Bertram E.B. Bree, Jersey.

Juvenile Gannet and Balearic Shearwaters
St Malo – Portsmouth Ferry
25 Common Dolphin, 4 Balearic Shearwater, Sabine's Gull, 3 Black Tern, Sooty Shearwater, European Storm-petrel, 7 Little Gull and 2 Great Skua recorded between 10:30-18:15 by Tom Brereton.

Common Dolphin

Mid-Channel, approx. 40 miles SSE of Start Point
Chumming from a fishing boat produced Leach's Petrel (passing and not attracted to the chum), 40+ Storm-petrel, 6 Sabine's Gull ( all ads), 2 Little Gull (ad & juv), 30+ Great Skua, 2 Sooty Shearwater and 2 Balearic Shearwater.

Sabine's Gull
Sabine's Gull attracted by the chum
Sabine's Gulls and Storm-Petrels


Little Gulls (adult and juvenile)

Sooty Shearwater

Balearic Shearwater

Great Skuas attracted by chum

More images taken by Mark Darlaston during this trip can be seen at Devon Bird News Blog.

Dorset, West Bay
7 Bottlenose Dolphin encountered one mile offshore at 7:45 am. Sighting reported by Dave Sales.

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