Saturday, 16 April 2011

North Sea

Floating about off north Norfolk, returning from an unnamed location at sea. Had a cracking survey with loads of good sightings and a flat calm sea. Yesterday we had a small passage of Red-throated Divers, Bonxies and 2 Pomarine Skuas. A flock of Curlew were notable as was a single presumed Whimbrel. We had over 60 Porpoise, a day record. A flock of 29 Little Gulls was great at dusk. 3 sandwich terns were also noted.

Today we had a shorter day as we had a flyer yesterday and we managed a few more divers and curlew. Some nocturnal migrants alighted on the boat with 3 Blackcap (2 females and 1 male) plus a Grasshopper Warbler resting in the coiled ropes. More views of Little Gulls were great with several close breeding plumage adults. Best of the day was a mammal lifer for me with 4 breaching White-beaked Dolphin in the mid distance although they didn't join us to bow ride as hoped. We beat our porpoise record for the second day running with 64. Magic. I have pics of the Gropper and a female Blackcap Which I will post tomorrow along with a Gannet sleeping on a pallet.

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