Wednesday 7 September 2011

Seawatching at Pendeen today

A nine hour seawatch at Pendeen today was not quite a classic but still well worth the effort.  Three year ticks and a constant stream of shearwaters kept me happy.  Highlights included a Red-necked Phalarope, two Leach's Petrels, two close Great Shearwaters and good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters.  Twenty of us missed a Wilson's Petrel which was claimed by another group viewing from a different area.

Sooty Shearwater (taken from a pelagic last yeear)

Total numbers from first light to 2.30pm are as follows: 68 Sooty Shearwater, three Great Shearwater, 16 Balearic Shearwater, one Red-necked Phalarope, one Grey Phalarope, two Leach's Petrel, ten Euro Stormy's, 21 Sandwich Tern, one Black Tern, three Arctic Tern, 30 comic terns, 42 Bonxie and 26 Arctic Skuas.  A male Peregrine flew past and a Northern Wheatear was favouring the viewpoint area.

Balearic Shearwater - one of at least 16 seen today (taken from St Ives last year)

One of three seen today, two very close (taken from a Pelagic)