A couple of hours in the sea watch hide a couple of days after the big blow in the Med.
I dropped Jayne off at the shopping centre and drove the short way to the hide below the lighthouse just west of Fuengirola and sat there looking out to sea for a productive couple of hours.
There was an almost constant stream of Mediterranean Gulls (Gaviota Cabecinegra / Larus melanocephalus) flying west along the coast quite close in along with good numbers of Black-headed (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Audouin's (Gaviota de Audouin / Larus audouinii), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Yellow-legged (Gaviota Patiamarilla / Larus Michahellis). About 45 mins in to the sea watch an immature Kittiwake (Gaviota Tridáctila / Rissa tridactyla) came past, also flying west and quite close in. This immature was followed 10 mins later by an adult bird which was also going west but was less than 100 meters off shore. Other species seen during the watch included 2x Great (Págalo Grande / Stercorarius skua) and 4x Arctic Skua's (Págalo Parásito / Stercorarius parasiticus), 100+ Cory's (Pardela Cenicienta / Calonectris diomedea) and 20+ Balearic Shearwaters (Pardela Balear / Puffinus mauretanicus), 300+ Northern Gannet (Alcatraz Atlántico / Morus bassanus), 50+ Sandwich Tern (Charrán Patinegro / Sterna sandvicensis) and 17 Common Scoters (Negrón Común / Melanitta nigra). On the rocks below the hide there were a few Ruddy Turnstone (Vuelvepiedras Común / Arenaria interpres) and Sanderlings (Correlimos Tridáctilo / Calidris alba) and a single female type Northern Wheatear (Collalba Gris / Oenanthe oenanthe).
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