Monday 23 April 2012

A Four Way Sea Watch

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):

2 Manxies
7 Whimbrel
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 

Since when did blogger change the posting format!?? I don't like it - I want the old style back!


  1. There's an option to revert to the old style. I did :-)

  2. Where it says 'Steve Waite's blogs' look to the right and there's a button for language and right of that a button with a Cog or flower or something click on that for a drop down menu and choose 'old blogger interface'

  3. Excellent - thank you very much!