Getting ready for the season
July’s around the corner. The month is synonymous with the traditional start of our seawatching season. Mega migrants and occasional vagrants will draw me out on Flamborugh head. Locally, Spurn is also now recognised as a top seawatching spot. Elsewhere there are lots of favoured spots, as well as the glories off pelagics (e.g. Lanzarote specials coming up in late August and September).
A few very helpful resources:
from Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher:
Pterodroma Petrels multimedia ID Guide
………………………………….Lots more info on the Scilly Pelagics website
Southport Pelagics report, Australia
from Paul Walbridge in Australia:
Desertas Petrel movements
and…Michael Hoit kindly drew attention this paper which covers winter movements, winter range and habitat preferences of the Desertas Petrel. Click on:
Access codes are required for the full article, however the distribution data and maps can be seen without access codes HERE. Interesting how far north (approaching Iceland) and how relatively close to the west coast of Ireland several birds are in the months of October and November.