Friday, 9 August 2019


I intended to get to Porthgwarra for dawn but hit a complete (figurative) wall on the overnight drive and only ended up arriving in the car park mid-morning. Despite the assembled crowd of seawatchers, it was clear that the weather was not delivering the goods. Despite the slow-going, I spent a few hours enjoying the steady procession of Manx Shearwaters, with the occasional Balearic (seven) and Sooty Shearwater (two) thrown in, along with a Storm-petrel, an Arctic Skua, five Bonxies and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. Fulmar, Gannet, Kittiwake and Shag were abundant offshore, as always.