Sunday 17 September 2023


Eight hours seawatching at Flamborough Head was enjoyable yesterday, both for the good company and good selection of birds passing. The best of the seabirds were to the north of us, but good to see three Balearic Shearwaters, plus 25 Sooties, and 29 Arctic Skuas. Seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese went south and then returned north, whilst a good number of Teal, Wigeon and a few Pintail moved by. Forty Red-throated Divers headed past, some of them calling to each other, a rather eerie, deranged sound. A couple of Med Gulls were among the commoner gulls, plus one possible Caspian, but it could be a hybrid. Also, Whimbrel, Arctic Tern, 40 Common Terns, 36 Sandwich Terns, two Peregrines etc. Still no Fea's Petrel for me; perhaps the winds just weren't right this far down. On the land, Whinchat and Redstart on the Old Fall Loop were notable, plus a flyover Yellow Wagtail. 

Balearic Shearwater with four Manx. The bird starts off second from the front of the group then moves to pole position. Trying to work this out from the four dots on my phone screen is the reason behind my question at the start!

A glorious Sooty Shearwater oozing class. Lots of flapping in moderate winds.

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