Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Yelkouan Shearwaters

Local patch: after many fruitless sessions of seawatching this year (mainly from my bedroom's window) today I managed to pick out 4 YELKOUAN SHEARWATERS. They didn't pass too far from shore so I got resonable views as they flew past heading SE. That was early in the morning; later I didn't have time to check again, but the sea went calm and I don't think there were others around. Above are two pictures from June 2009 when a flock of +100 Yelkouans came in, close to shore.
A few days ago I was a bit surprised to heard a Coal Tit in the garden, but then I thought it must be an odd juvenile wandering around a bit. Sometimes it happens in summer...as it happened before with Crossbills.
A Golden Oriole today was also singing quite close to the house, so maybe it was in one of the gardens nearby.
Otherwise pretty calm and silent around here...