The sea still providing interest

SE wind freshened during the day to almost gale force by evening, by then almost due south. The rain graciously held off till mid morning then increased in intensity with the wind. By later evening the wind was easing and the rain eased, but it's forecast to be a strong northwesterly by the morning.

Two seawatch reports from Pete on north wall and Nick on Stone jetty. The times are similar so there will be some duplication of birds that went right through.
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Guillemot 13
Razorbill 9
Auk sp 8
Gannet 5
Arctic Skua1 dark morph
Common Scoter 1 
Swallow 38
House Martin 2

Near Naze Rock pipit displaying 
Harbour Porpoise 2 (quite a good day for marine mammals, a Grey Seal also seen later).

Stone Jetty 6.30 - 8.40:

Common scoter 1 in

Red-throated diver 2

Black guillemot 1 out 8.28 

Razorbill 3

Auk sp 5

Kittiwake 30 out 2 flocks

Sandwich tern c. 35

Whimbrel 9

Rock pipit singing male


I managed a surprisingly dry walk along the waterline out from Half Moon Bay and saw nothing not covered above (MD). Several of the Sandwich Terns were blogging and settling on the beach to preen.

A slightly different shot with the edge of Heysham Head as a backdrop 

Four Sandwich Tern preening on the beach

They weren't just preening on the beach. These two were definitely thinking about starting a family!