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Friday, 29 June 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Monday, 25 June 2012
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Saturday, 23 June 2012
1 Storm Petrel west 07:30 (& prob earlier east 6:44)
2 Arctic Skua(dp) west 5:20
2 Sandwich Tern(w), 1 Common Scoter(w), 7 Fulmar(w), 10+ Gannet(w), 19 Guillemot(w), 2 Razorbill(w).
Manx Shearwaters and Kittiwake feeding and recycling. Manx Shearwaters started to arrive in numbers around 6:30 which may have brought the Storm Petrel in too?
A nice mini experiment (not prearranged) was that Owain Gabb was watching the same area, but from lookout station, and the records are mainly consistent. It shows me that stuff can be missed that passes close to Tutt head but also stuff that passes further out will be missed from the carpark.
Friday, 22 June 2012
|(c) Barbara Wood|
1030hrs - 35/min
1100hrs - 42/min
1130hrs - 78/min
1200hrs - 83/min
1230hrs - 59/min
1300hrs - 46/min
1330hrs - 32/min
Although the total figure maybe regarded as a best guess estimate and not a completely accurate count. I used the1030hrs total for the next 30mins giving a total of 1050 (35*30) birds between 1030 - 1059. Then repeated this for the next 1/2 hr spell and so on. Working on this premise, the total for the 3 1/2 period would make a total of 11,250 birds. Next time I will try the same method at 15min intervals for even greater accuracy. The peak count coincides with the hour/hours after high tide when birds start to leave the upper channel as the tide drops.
Other birds seen :- 2 Storm Petrel [1 d/c @ 1042hrs, 1 u/c @ 1316hrs], 2 Common Tern [d/c @ 1220hrs], 26 Fulmar, 29 Gannet, 4 Guillemot.
Other observeres present - M. Meehan, G. Roblin
Comments on how to count manx and other methods welcome.
Manx Shearwater (1340 in 3 hrs, all DC), Cormorant (3), Fulmar (9, all DC), Gannet (12, mixed ages - 11 DC, 1 UC), Razorbill (1 DC at 09.31), Arctic Skua (dark-phase UC at 10.44) & Storm Petrel (1 UC at 11.03).
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
06:50 to 09:00 per Martin Bell
44 Storm Petrel
1 Great Skua
11:00 to 13:00 per Matt Hunter
6 Storm Petrel
14:00 to 17:00 per Mark Hipkin
13 Strom Petrel
1 Arctic Skua (dp)
Manx Shearwater - passing at 10/min from 14:00 till 16:30 with less in the last 30mins - easily 1500+
Saturday, 16 June 2012
1 dp Arctic Skua
7 Storm Petrel
760 Manx, 9 Kittiwake, 74 Gannet, 42 Fulmar, 1 Black Headed Gull, 2 GBB Gull and 2 Common/Harbour Porpoise.
Also present at various times - A. Hughes, G. Roblin and J. Slocombe.
Friday, 8 June 2012
|The closest Storm Petrel during my watch.|
From Bracelet Bay carpark 14:00 to 17:00 (All birds heading west)
30+ Storm Petrel
1 Petrel sp
1 Arctic Tern
3 Sandwich Tern
40+ Manx Shearwater
It was difficult to put an accurate figure to the Stormies passing from Bracelet Bay carpark. I watched many make it past the lookout station but a few were clearly being driven back by the wind. There was also a group of 4 birds that spent most of the time just off the rocks below the lighthouse.
One Petrel did catch my eye. It was fairly distant and at first sighting it looked bigger than a Storm, but its flight was the thing that made me follow it. It flew past much quicker than the Storms had been to that point. To emphasise that point while I was watching it, it caught up with and went straight past a Storm Petrel flying the same line. The flight itself was quite effortless and it seemed to be shearing most of the time. The distance involve meant I was not able to make much of the plumage features. It's a shame that no-one else was there to give an opinion on it.
On my way home I had a look into Swansea Bay and a further 6 Storm Petrel were flying around the more sheltered waters out from Mumbles Pier.
11 Storm Petrel - some quite close
1 dp Arctic Skua
1 Great Skua - very close
Also 1 Sandwich Tern, 800 Manx, 4 Kittiwake, 14 Gannet, 85 Fulmar (high count for here, will have to check what is the record), 1 GBB Gull.