Lizard Seawatching for Beginners – Saturday 4th Nov 2017

Saturday 4th November 2017 – 8am to 10am.

A stiff off-shore North-Westerly is one of the worst wind directions for the Lizard but during migration wind plays less of a factor and it is still often well worth sea watching whatever the weather. With NW winds passage however does tend to be more distant and dispersed. This did not stop a good turnout of keen attendees.

Off-shore activity was mainly in the form of small numbers of passing auks (Guillemot and Razorbill) Gannets and Kittiwake. Divers are just beginning to appear more regularly for the winter with both Red-throated and Great Northern seen. A small number of Balearic Shearwater where the only shearwaters recorded although Sooty and Manx have both been seen recently.  A few Mediterranean gulls were feeding offshore with Kittiwake flocks and two birds sat on the reef with the usual Herring Lesser and Great Black-backs. A Wigeon was another uncommon offshore observation.

A trickle of visible migration also occurred overhead, flocks of Jackdaw and Woodpigeon, small groups and individuals of Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit and Rock Pipit. Of note was a single Lapland Bunting, calling as it went over west. Also a flock of Long-tailed Tit….these are uncommon at the point, but there have been quite a few migrating flocks in the past week or so. Sometimes these can be heard well before seeing often way up in the sky, a place you don’t often see or expect them.

10 or so hardy souls braved the elements to make this event.

Tony Blunden, Nov 6th

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