Very few birds over the sea this evening. It was cloudy and chilly, with soft WSW winds. Just 21 Cory’s, 186 Gannets, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and 3 Balearics (moving East) in 2 hours. Also 2 Harbour Porpoises. When I was leaving at 21:00, there was a House Martin flying over the reedbed.
The Light House at sun up
(photo: Antonio Sandoval)
Unseasonal cold and NE winds kept the wool cap on my head. Is it really June?
The morning count produced more species flying east than west: Balearic and Cory's Shearwaters, Sandwich Terns, Dunlin, Sanderling (in tiny groups), Common Swift and Black - Backed Gulls. Instead, Gannets moved mostly westawards (96 birds / hour; 11% adult birds).
All of the Balearics seen close enough were moulting inner primaries.
Ricardo Hevia, Antonio Martinez Pernas and Clemente Alvarez waiting for the Albatross that never show up. (Photo: Antonio Sandoval)
Saturday june 1st has been a very cold day for june. The wind kept blowing from the NW all through the week and today has changed to N - NE.
Early in the morning we received news from cape Peñas (Asturias), 150 km to the east. A Black-browed Albatross flying westwards had been watched by Jorge Valella! This species has been watched twice at Estaca de Bares. We waited for the bird untl the end of the day. But it didn't show up.
Anyway, we had some nice sightings. A Fulmar flying high over us eastwards was a great one. This is not a common species here (last year we watched more Fea's / Madeira petrels than fulmars). We also watched two Scopoli's Shearwaters and two Sooty Shearwaters, and a late group of Common Scoters flying to the east.
Northern Gannets moved westwards (116 birds / hour), as well as Manx Shearwaters (in tiny groups), while Sandwich Terns kept moving eastwards in little numbers. Other birds seen where Great Skua (1), Cory's Shearwater and Balearic Shearwater.
We also watched two pods of Bottlenose Dolphins and a very close Long - Finned Pilot Whale.
Who we are
The main birders at Estaca de Bares cape, in alphabetical order: