Friday, 3 October 2008

Cap Gris Nez, France

Just across the channel, at Cap Gris Nez and Le Clipon (Dunkirk), there are occasionally huge sea-watch counts. Today was one such day at Cap Gris Nez, as reported below. Note, visibility is described as very poor! Oh to have been there.

Counting period: 7:30-19:30
Weather: SW 2 ->NW 5-6 Bft - temps variable
3 grains - 8->12°C - très mauvaise visibilité (artéfacts)

Red-throated Diver 21
Great Crested Grebe 4
Red-necked Grebe 1
Fulmar 62
Sooty Shearwater 113
Manx Shearwater 48
Balearic Shearwater 5
Storm Petrel 1
Leach's Petrel 3
Gannet 2,290
Brent Goose 9
Shelduck 6
Wigeon 3
Eider 6
Common Scoter 157
Pomarine Skua 29
Arctic Skua 139
Long-tailed Skua 9
Great Skua 1,389
skua spec 6
Mediterranean Gull 6
Little Gull 189
Sabine's Gull 2
Common Gull 10
Kittiwake 152
Sandwich Tern 472
Common Tern 34
Arctic Tern 13
Razorbill 2
Razorbill/Guillemot 12

Total: 5200 individuals, 30 species, 12:00 hours


Mary said...

Someone actually counted over 2000 of one bird and 1000 of another?? I'm sure I'd lose count after the first 100 :-) Looks like a lot of birds were seen in this poor visibility.

Tony Morris said...

If the wind turns south it's worth looking today, we might get some Skuas

Kingsdowner said...

Thanks for the advice Tony, but as you'll see from today's post, we saw a few in mid-channel.
Weather today - foul.

Mary, these observers are made from different stuff to the rest of us.