Monday 03 May. I seawatched with others at Splash Point from 06:00-11:30 in strengthening SE backing SW winds. Flying east, at variable distances, I saw 21 Brent Geese, 178 Common Scoter, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, a Little, 3 first-summer Mediterranean and 27 Common Gulls, 41 Sandwich, 17 Little and 270 distant Commic Terns, 6 Great, a distant pale morph Pomarine and 4 Arctic Skuas (1 pale & 3 dark), 4 Guillemots, 13 Razorbill and 19 unidentified auks, a Red-throated Diver, a Manx Shearwater, 25 Fulmars, 380 Gannets and 2 Shags. Three Swallows came in and 500 Kittiwakes and 2 Rock Pipits were also seen. Many thanks to those present on recent days for excellent company, a few distracting chats with those nearby when things were quiet and many shouts of approaching birds I might otherwise have not seen. It was certainly worth making the effort to go to Seaford to seawatch compared to Widewater where most birds passing are too far out to pick out even when I'm not the only one looking. Having said that I'll give Seaford a break until the weather looks more favourable. Successive early starts have worn me down!
Sunday 02 May. I seawatched with others at Splash Point from 06:30-16:30 in light N backing NE then SW winds. Flying east, at variable distances, I saw 75 Brent Geese, a Mute Swan, 156 Common Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Oystercatchers, 40 Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwits, a Dunlin, 7 Little and 53 Mediterranean Gulls (36 adults, 4 second-summers and 13 first-summers), 68 Sandwich, 2 Little, 2450 distant Commic and 7 Black Terns, 7 Great, 3 Pomarine (2 pale & 1 very distant) and 8 Arctic Skuas (2 pale, 5 dark & 1 very distant), 2 Guillemots, 2 Razorbill and 4 unidentified auks, 2 Red-throated, a Black-throated and an unidentified Diver, 30+ Fulmars and 40 Gannets. A Shag was on the sea, 2 Swallows came in and 500 Kittiwakes, a Peregrine and a Rock Pipit were also seen.
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