A dismal start to the day with mist, drizzle and rain deterring all but the hardiest ! The mist soon disappeared though by the early part of the morning. Some 25 birders were seawatching today on the Porthgwarra headland in a breezy southwesterly. We were given reasonable views of most of the birds on offer including three Great Shearwaters, one of which showed well in front of us eventually veering away at the Runnelstone Bouy. Four Sooty Shearwaters flew past with two showing well. Two Choughs unexpectedly flew over calling loudly.
Total counts for the morning from 7am to 12.30 are as follows:
3 Great Shearwater
4 Sooty Shearwater
16 Balearic Shearwater
1 Black-throated Diver
9 Common Scoter
4 Great Skua
Many thanks to Simon Taylor for the photo.