Tuesday, 23 November 2010

France, Pointe du Grouin (Cancale/35)
Seawatch between 09:15 - 11:15 recorded 150 - 170 Balearic Shearwater (a record for this site), many were fishing under the cliffs - a beautiful observation. 500 - 600 Little Gull scattered at sea, 4 Red-throated Loon, 80 - 100 Razorbill, 2 Guillemot, 9 Kittiwake, 5 Mediterranean Gull, 25 - 30 Black Scoter (including 2 accompanied by ~10 Wigeon), 1 male Red-breasted Merganser, 1 male Eider, 2 Oystercatcher and approx. 420 Redwing from several groups to the North East 25 min.! Probably "misled" by the coastline. Sightings reported by Bertram E.B. Bree.

France, Point de la chaine (Cancale/35)
Seawatch from 11:30 to 12:30 recorded 3 Red-throated Diver (including a well observed in full dress), 1 Diver sp. (probable Black-throated Diver), 5 Black-necked Grebe, 8 - 10 Razorbill, 10 Balearic Shearwater, 1 Common Gull, 1 adult male Peregrine Falcon, and the icing on the cake were 2 White-sided Dolphin moving between Cancale rock and the tip (so close!); identified afterwards from my photos. Sightings reported by Bertram E.B. Bree.

France, Anse Duguesclin (St Coulomb)
Seawatch from 13:00 - 14:15 recorded 12 Balearic Shearwater (again very close), 80 - 100 Little Gull, approx. 40 Razorbill, 1 Guillemot, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Kittiwake, 3 Gannet, 21 Turnstone and a group of at least 5 Bottlenose Dolphin (4 adults and 1 juvenile) passed at 250 meters distance so very well observed. Sightings reported by Bertram E.B. Bree.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Mid-Channel, 30 nm SSE of Start Point
1 Pomarine Skua (1w), 15-20 Great Skua, 5 Little Gull (4 ad and 1w), Mediterranean Gull (ad). Otherwise plenty of large gulls, Kittiwake and a few Gannet and Fulmar and a diver sp. flying past. Sightings and images provided by Mark Darlaston.

Great Skua

Little Gull

Little Gull
Kittiwake (1st Winter)

Mediterranean Gull
Pomarine Skua (1st Winter)

Pomarine and Great Skua

Pomarine Skua

More images can be viewed at Devon BIrd News.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Lyme Bay, up to 15nm East of Berry Head
Highlights included 2 Pomarine Skua (1st winter), 4 Great Skua, 1 Arctic Skua (3rd summer) which chased Kittiwakes around the boat until one regurgitated - an amazing sight to see!
Arctic Skua (3rd summer) chasing a Kittiwake
Arctic Skua chasing Kittiwake
Arctic Skua (3rd summer)

Arctic Skua (3rd summer)
Arctic Skua (3rd summer)
More incredible images of the chase can be seen on Devon Bird News Blog.