There were four reasons why I wasn't particularly excited by the sea watching potential of this morning:
1. The wind was south easterly, we often fail spectacular in anything with east in it.
2. The sun was out. Poor visibility seems to be the primary reason seabirds accidentally venture this far into Lyme Bay.
3. The wind didn't really strengthen until just before dawn. Often need a good half-the night of gales to blow birds in here.
4. 94% of times I am excited about birding potential because of weather conditions, I end up being hugely disappointed.
But this proves just how unpredictable birding can be, even when watching a patch you think you know pretty well! It was actually a really enjoyable watch. I could only give it 90 minutes, in hindsight wished I had started earlier and of course that I didn't have to leave for work at 08:30. Pleased to have had the company of Phil for most of it, always helps having another pair of eyes and someone to talk to during the quiet times.
|Gannet - as close as they ever come here!|
Please let me know if anyone can do anything with the below pics. I really don't see anyway near enough Sternas to be confident either way...
|Not this one, this is the close Sandwich Tern I saw|
|This one! Worryingly long-tailed looking in this pic, but is it bill a bit too long?|
Tern aside, more of the above would make for a very enjoyable spring! Check back to the blog soon for more news...