The first day of October dawned, clear with an easterly breeze. Myself and Liam headed down to the south end hide, for some early morning seawatching. Steffan was already in the hide when we arrived, but hadn’t had much.
There were obviously a lot of birds passing. We saw approximately 635 Kittiwake in the hour-and-a-quarter we spent there, along with 46 Razorbill, nine Common Scoter, six Shag, a Guillemot, an adult Mediterranean Gull and twelve Black-Headed Gull. Three Manx Shearwater were seen distantly, but by far the highlight wad a self-found Balearic Shearwater, barely 100 meters offshore in excellent light. It flew in from the east, heading across in front of us, before banking around and heading away south. This was a memorable encounter – as the bird was so clear through the scope, that I could make out individual feathers on the dark smudged underside and underwings. This was a lifer for Steffan too, which added to the moment (although unfortunately he only got bin views).
We headed back towards the obs, picking out a couple of Oystercatcher and Redshank in the Narrows on our way. We met Ben, and headed for the Wetlands where we flushed a Snipe, before Ben got us onto a migrant female/immature Whinchat on the wires to the east.
The Withies also held some fresh migrants, with five Chiffchaff, a male Blackcap, good numbers of Goldcrest and a Lesser Whitethroat. Several Grey Wagtails through over throughout the morning heading south.