There were four 'shifts' of sea watchers this morning from Beer. Phil did the early stint, with Bun and Karen dropping in just after 6:30. I rocked up at 7:50, staying til 08:35, not long before Ian Mc arrived to continue the watch!
We never seem to do that well for numbers in south easterlies (except sometimes Terns), and today was no exception! I think there was too much rain as well, with several Gannets visible resting on the water. All I noted were (all west):
1 Med Gull (second-summer)
1 Common Gull (first-summer)
14 Sandwich Tern
A little later I had a quick look off Seaton sea front too, where I noted a single Common Tern flying close in east, and a Dunlin whizzing backwards and forwards over the beach.
Mid afternoon, a quick tour of the valley showed AT LAST good numbers of hirundines. At least 450+ were feeding in the valley. Swallows were most numerous, with House Martins probably at the 100 mark with only a few Sand Martins.
|It was so good to see this sight again!|
A look along the Estuary revealed four Common Sandpipers, three Whimbrel, but nothing else of note.
|This one was just north of Coronation Corner |