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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Selsey Bill 28/5/14

A bit of a gamble this morning as there had only been two sightings so far, but two days prior to today. The weather conditions were identical as yesterday so I thought there was a good chance of seeing a Storm-Petrel. 

I arrived at 5.45am, with Christian joining me 15 minutes later. It wasn't until 9.40am (Christain had left at this point) when a Storm-Petrel was picked up about a mile out moving slowly westwards, but also towards me. It was viewed for about 3 minutes before disappearing behind the wall. 

Totals between 5.45-9.45am are:

Storm-Petrel - 1 moved west at about a mile range. The white rump was just about visible.
Manx Shearwater - 1 east
Eider - 5 on sea
Great Northern Diver - 3/4 on sea and in summer plumage
Common Scoter - ca. 100

Other bits seen today were mainly Orchids, with Birds Nest, Common Spotted, Fly, Greater Butterfly Orchids, White Helleborine and Common Twayblades.

Also hundreds of Swifts everywhere today.

 Greater Butterfly Orchid at Heyshott
 Fly Orchid at Heyshott
Roe Deer at Coldwaltham

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