Pleasant enough afternoon for a laid back seawatch from the Tobacco Dump today, so Bazzo and I got down to the site for 1240 to 1505.
Not a great deal on the move, but large rafts of Common Scoter were tantalisingly out of range near the horizon - at least 500 birds.
Small parties of Manxies scudded north at eye-watering range, and one or two Arctic Skuas stayed at a similar distance, but at least the Gannets and terns fished close in.
A first year Shag was unexpected - they seem to be getting more regular each year.
Parties of Swallows heading south a good way out in the bay.
Few Grayling, Gatekeepers and Common Blues in the dunes, which was better than the moth trap, which yielded very poor results at Dempsey Towers last night, mainly the three commoner yellow underwings, but you can't win 'em all.
Manx Shearwater 25
Great Crested Grebe 3
Common Scoter 5-600
Arctic Skua 1-2
Sandwich Tern 180
Common Tern 220
Arctic Tern 1
Adult Harbour Porpoise fishing close inshore at 1250, before it swam out towards the rig, and up to five Grey Seals dozing in the shallows.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...