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North Sea Seawatching (1 Viewer)

Alan Tilmouth

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Last two days have produced some significant movement of common seabirds including Northern Gannet, Kittiwake & Fulmar. Highlights of two hours from three locations (Craster, Boulmer Steel & Foxton):

Three Great Skua.
Six Red Throated Diver.
Eight Common Scoter (south)
One Manx Shearwater.
One Harbour porpoise
One Hour Seawatch

Tonight from 18.55-19.55 at Newbiggin produced one group of six Manx Shearwater north very close in.
Strong Gannet movement and good numbers 20+ of Common, Arctic & Sandwich Tern north.
A Bunting (sp) inoff was lost near the Churchyard.
One hour early morning 5.45-6.45 at Church Point, Newbiggin produced a single Manx Shearwater and 16 Common Scoter north. Northern Wheatear at Church.
Generally speaking you wouldn't expect too many uncommon seabirds in May after a NE wind - its too early in the season. The occasional Gull-billed Tern could pass in May, but this would occur irrespective of NE winds. A small number of Pomarine and LT Skuas head north late May/early June, but again this may not be weather dependent as they are heading to their breeding grounds anyway.

Usually, its not until mid-June onwards that NE winds start to push uncommon seabirds into the North Sea, though the best months are generally July- October.
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