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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Splash Point & Seaford Head 23/8/15

With an increasing number of Balearics being seen in Devon, combined with today's SE wind, it wasn't too much of a surprise that a total of four Balearic Shearwaters passed Splash Point this morning. Although I've seen many here over seven years, my best views were certainly today, more so that the sightings were more prolonged.

Totals between 6am-9.30am are:

Balearic Shearwater - 4E (1@7.12am, 2@7.26-7.34am, 1@7.59-8.04am) The first three seen with the Bowley family from the Selsey area (many thanks Paul for picking them up nice and early), including two birds together which frequently landed on the sea. The fourth bird was for myself and was much paler then the previous three birds, and was fishing in the bay for a couple of minutes.
Gannet - 269
Common Scoter - 8
Sandwich Tern - 3
Yellow Wagtail - ca. 20

Once the sun had emerged this afternoon I went up Seaford Head seeing the following:

Pied Flycatcher - 1
Whinchat - 1
Redstart - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 50 by Harry's Bush

 Gannets passing Splash Point
a very clear photo to demonstrate all the features on a Balearic Shearwater!!!

 Pied Flycatcher at South Hill Barn
Yellow Wagtail at Harry's Bush



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