I headed to that well known sea-birding hotspot at Grangetown, Salterfen Rocks.
Apparently, so i was led to believe, some of the seabirds had been passing close to shore....
.......whether this was the English or Norwegian coast still isnt clear.....
I found a nice vantage point on top of the crumbling soily cliff tops on which to set up my folding cracket :-
& that was it - seabirds instantly appeared & were constantly in view...... but what they were is another matter...... dot, dot, dot, dot, dash, dash, dash.
But, after a short spell i got my eye in & managed to see :-
Whimbrel 3 W
Lapwing 121 S
Common Sandpiper 1
|I'll foto-shop the Coots & Canadas in later.....|
with the seabirds mostly heading North :-
Sooty Shearwater 2
Manx Shearwater 7
|Red throated dots|
Common Scoter 22
Arctic Skua 4
Pomarine Skua 1 adult N 16:16
Mediterranean Gull 1st winter N ( best period ive known for this species locally )
Sandwich Tern 20+
Arctic Tern 3
Little Gull 2N
heres an image showing a sea-bird at close range on a local boating lake :-
|Another stunner from D.Johnson|