Thursday, 31 May 2018

Seawatch again....

Thick fog till 13.20 then a clear day with sunny spells

Manx Shearwater .......1092
Shearwater sp                     1
Puffin                                 2
Artic Skua ) pale phase)    1
Storm Petrel                        2
Sandwich Tern                10
Basking Shark                    1
Dolphin sp                        3
Gannet  , Fulmar , Kittiwake .....

Long tailed Skua

Another seawatch today -
 Long tailed Skua - 1 ad summer plumage
Artic Skua - 1 Dark phase
Storm Petrel - 3
Manx Shearwater - 785
Fulmar - 10
Sandwich Tern  - 2
Gannet - 42
Kittiwake - 9

The Lizard

                              730... great ID  tip for SPBF once you see it you will always remember it..........
Very busy with people but the wild flowers were spectacular as were the Small pearl bordered fritillary's......................A few Red kites and  Chough feeding in the surrounding fields..
Marazion...1 ad summer plumaged Baird's Sandpiper in with 30 Sanderling and 10 Dunlin

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Seawatch 2

 I wanted to try and get some good views of European Storm Petrel and this was looking like a good opportunity so I headed for a small headland just to the south of Coverack. I could see about 5 skimming over the water and dipping there feet in the surf . They were as close as they could be about 100 meters away , I could see them fanning there tails and showing off there white rumps. A very active species and you can easily loose them behind a wave and then they will pop up 20 feet away in a different direction. The most I had together was 6 but there must have been at least 30 + in the couple of hours I spent there all headind North east along the coast . 100's of Manx Shearwaters ,Gannets , Gullimots , Kittiwakes and 12  Sandwich Terns made for a great morning.

Monday, 28 May 2018


                                                              Common Blue

A list of butterfly's so far include Common Blue , Large , Small , Green -veined Whites , Orange Tip , Red Admiral , Small Tortoiseshell , Small Copper , Small Heath , Small Pearl -bordered Fritillary  and day flying moths have been Galium Carpet , Green Carpet , Garden Tiger , Clouded Buff , Silver -Y  and Garden Carpet .

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Cornwall Seawatch

Long time since I did any sea watching............

Manx Shearwater      2000 + south
Iceland Gull 2cy             1  south
Bonxie                            2   south
Great northern Diver     1 present
Red throated diver         1 south
Kittiwake                   200 south
Sanderling                   35 south
Dunlin                        3 south
Gannet                    300 + south
Fulmar                        6 north
Sandwich tern            4 south
Ringed plover            2 south
European Storm Petrel  27 north (at least)
Dolphin sp                    5 north

Stonechat , Cuckoo , Whitethroat and Willow Warbler in the scrub...

Saturday, 26 May 2018


A Red Kite was a good start when we stopped for a well earned break. 2 Great Northern Diver , 10
                                                             Common Blue
                                                                        Orange Tip
                                                         Small pearl bordered Fritillary

Speckled Wood
Guillemot, 25 Swallow, 5 Swift , 200 Manx Shearwater, 157 Gannet, 9 Great Black-backed Gull, 4  Fulmar, 7 Kittiwake, 11 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull , Whitethroat , Willow Warbler , Stonechat , and 2 Shag.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Peregrine Falcon

This site near Huddersfield was the first peregrine Falcon Nest site I ever went to some time around 1985 , its was great to hear them alarming today as I got near the nest site. Still at the same site and the first in West Yorks some 30 odd years ago. It was also good to note a healthy population of Curlew , Golden Plover ,Dunlin and Red Grouse on the surrounding moors.....The Red Grouse was a Peregrine victim but they only take what they need...
The Seraphim 
Only ever recorded one of these in Northowram before , last night there were 3 in the light trap..

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

More moors.............

                                                     Short eared Owl
                                                           Green Hairstreak
                                                              Red Grouse
Mountain Hare

Curlew 18th May...

Thursday, 10 May 2018


A few recent bits and bobbs , 1 Red Kite and a few Common Buzzards above the rocks at Widdop stones, Swifts and Swallows have been piling through the last couple of days and my first Linnets of the year on the 10th May..Whitethroat and Blackcap have been  herd singing around the village. White Pinion Spotted and Oak Nycteoline have been in the moth trap.