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Sat 5th September 2009

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

birds : Earlier in the week, looking at the weather forecast in the paper, I planned to seawatch today, but the predicted NW blow arrived a day early (and, as it happens, didn't produce many seabirds). Nevertheless, I decided to keep to my plans and give it a go, and the wind wasn't too bad when I got to the rocks, blowing moderately from the WNW. Julian, Mark & Chris soon joined me and we had an excellent 4 hour session with a constant trickle of shearwaters and skuas. Some of these went past very close indeed, well inside the reef and I especially enjoyed the very close Sooty Shearwaters, one of my favourite species of birds. Not only does it look classy and elegant, it is amazing to think that each one has travelled half-way round the world to get here. The final totals were 85 Manx, 18 Sooty and 6 Balearic Shearwaters, 24 Arctic Skuas and 14 Bonxies.

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Chris, Julian & Mark seawatching at Jaonneuse Point, where the land ends and the birds begin . . . . . well once in a while.

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nonsense : Well it is the last day of the summer holidays tomorrow and, whilst obviously it has been nice to get a break from work, it has been a fair old slog. I shall be going back to work for a well-earned rest after chasing round the wee ones all summer! I know all parents find it hard in the holidays but for various reasons we get it harder than most. Abigail will be going into year 4 next week and Aidan will be starting school for the first time, bless him. The teachers of Amherst School -  may the Force be with you!

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don't be fooled by the angelic expression - click here to view Aidan's top ten triumphs of Summer 2009

Categories: 2009 Autumn