The Storm Petrels have gone, as silently as they appeared they've drifted away. My last one was yesterday afternoon (29th). With it the crowds that descended upon Newbiggin have melted away too. I've spent the last two seawatches in blissful silence other than the occasional call from a passing tern and the constant begging calls of juvenile Guillemots coming from the sea.
The main attraction may have moved on but there is still plenty to see and be found. Yesterday produced a late afternoon adult Mediterranean Gull, another sublime Sooty Shearwater, sleek and sexy on calm seas, effortlessly coasting north. Top marks though to a feeding juvenile Black Tern watched for 10 minutes as it dip fed with a small flock of Arctic Terns moving north, the only disappointment was it wasn't closer to shore. I can't say I've seen one feed at sea before, previous sightings have either been flybys or inland.
There was no repeat this morning but another two Sooty Shearwaters slipped past as did 28 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas and 4 Arctic Skuas. I did a quick count of roosting Great Black-backed Gulls before I left of which 253 were loitering on the rocks at Church Point and probably a further 100 at Beacon Point.
Castle Island produced a single Green Sandpiper (still there this morning) and 69 Cormorants loafing around the island and the various sunken trees. A Greenshank was the only new addition there this morning.