Friday, 9 May 2014

Roseate Tern saves the Day

Sunny, 14º, fresh westerly.

A breezy day and not a lot of Vis-Mig today, a walk down to the bill early morning found a couple of Wheatear and a few Swallows starting to arrive (50+ in total). 

The sea was rather quiet so a walk back and a Little Owl seen near the Obs.

As it was quiet a cultural visit to Abbotsbury was in order (not the swannery). A walk and a look around the 11th century Abbey area and the village proved interesting and a few birds noted, Swallow, House Martin and Swift being present in reasonable numbers.

Back to the Obs by late afternoon, 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher in the garden and a slow going seawatch later produced the first Roseate Tern that saved the day, also a few “commic” Tern feeding off the bill. c50 Manx Shearwater, 100+ Gannet and 2 Sandwich Tern.

 Great Blackback Gull

                                    Little Owl

 A few shots of the sea state at the Bill (courtesy Loren)

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