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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Pendeen: unseasonal migrants, inflatable rubber rings + more of the usual fayre

After last night’s storm, Tremough stalwart Thor Veen, newbee Will Jones and myself (neither new nor stalwart) headed for a morning’s seawatch from half way down the cliffs at Pendeen Watch. Pretty decent all in all. Freezing our ass off  from 8:00am to 11:30am, despite the sheltered spot we found, scored us the following:

1 Common Tern
1 Leach’s Petrel
5 Grey Phalaropes
2 Little Auks
2 Puffins
70+ Common Scoters 
3 Great Northern Divers
1 Red-throated Diver
2 Black-throated Diver
A few more unidentified divers
5 Bonxies
1 dark phase Arctic Skua
18 Balearic Shearwaters
2 Manx Shearwaters
1 Med Gull
Shedloads (literally) of Auks & Kittiwakes
2+ Common Dolphins
1 inflatable life ring
0 dead cows
1 distant possible Giraffe

Mostly going back west. Not bad for a morning's work. Cornwall ticks in the shape of Leach's, Little Auk & Redthroat for me, and  (pleasingly, albeit embarrassingly:-) for Will - two lifers!

Bar the possible Giraffe and a few phalaropes that must have died en-route, nice to see our stuff pretty closely matching the stuff they had from St Ives, suggesting we're not complete feckless stringers. I'd be suprised if they didn't have a few Bals they're suppressing;-)

1 comment:

  1. Despite of difficulties you are going great. I hope you have a enjoyable and adventurous trip ahead. It is not an easy path to adopt but your numbers show that you are doing good.


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