As part of the joint RSPB Marinelife dedicated Balearic Shearwater count in the South West today the Mrs and I watched from Budleigh 06.45 - 13.00hrs and despite the calm seas and a beautiful summer day we still managed to tally:
21 Balearic Shearwaters, 600+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Arctic Skua and 10 Common Scoter.
All the shearwater activity was between 06.45 and 08.15hrs with all birds heading East except 5 of the Balearics which went West. Also two groups of Bottlenose Dolphins making 12+ minimum.
Thanks in particular to Pebbles B&B for keeping us supplied with Coffee, Bacon Sandwiches and Cake!
It will be interesting to see the other counts from across the region's other watchpoints.