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  • Amazing seabird numbers at Estaca de Bares

    Hi!
    We had one of the best ever seawatches at Estaca de Bares (Galicia, NW Spain) yesterday, 18-9-2011, being specially noteworthy the number of Roseate Terns seen ( 137, mostly adults, which represents nearly 8% of the known european, outside Madeira and Azores, adult breeding population, passing by in a single day), as well as the number of Skuas (2.352, inc. 650 Pomarines and 357 LTs) We also had, again, 2 close Pterodromas on the weekend, this time probably "Fea´s types": apparently large billed, with almost fully dark underwing and looking relatively big and heavy in comparison with Manxies.
    Some numbers, from sunday:
    Gannet- 4.110
    Manx Shearwater – 27.284 (not counted all day long, so probably 40.000 passed through)
    Cory´s – 120
    Sooty Shearwater – 1.586
    Great Shearwater - 48 (suprisingly very low numbers)
    Bonxie – 949
    Pomarine SKua – 650
    Arctic Skua – 395
    LT Skua – 357
    Sabine´s Gull - 52
    “Commic” tern – 2.743, plus nearly a thousand more Commons and Arctics identified
    Roseate Tern- 137
    Sandwich Tern – 628
    Pterodroma sp – 1 (and we also had another one on saturday. 10 birds already this year at Estaca)
    Northern Fulmar – 3 (very scarce in Spain)
    Wilson´s Petrel - 3
    ...

    Observers: Ricardo Hevia, Daniel López Velasco, Dave McAdams, Antonio Sandoval, David Martinez Lago, etc...
    All the best,
    Dani
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