Three separate sea-watching sessions today punctuated by a spell chasing dragons. A cooler day than of late with the wind swinging into the north east prompted a seawatch this morning but after 30 minutes I moved on with only six Manx Shearwater to show for the effort.
The wind increased as the day went on so I took the kids to the beach late afternoon and had a second session which was more productive with 55 Manx Shearwater north and a group of four Arctic Skua moving south together before dropping onto the sea. Two pale phase adults along with a dark individual and a 'browner' age undetermined beast.
With the tide high a flock of c100 Black-headed Gull fed in the breaking waves south of Cresswell Ices and a scan through them produced a 2nd-summer Mediterranean Gull and two Dunlin, an adult and a juvenile.
Another hour tonight further south saw 119 Manx Shearwater move north as well as 35 Common Scoter. Another Med Gull this time an adult passed overhead as I left.
After the abandoned morning session I called at a local pond to look for dragons and was pleased to find at least four male Black-tailed Skimmer each patrolling their own territory and occasionally engaging in aerial combat. At least one Common Darter was on the wing too.