After a swim at Pett Level early this evening, I noticed a couple of small, dark birds - too small for skuas - skimming through a flock of Common Terns feeding close offshore. I snatched my binoculars out of my bag and was amazed to see a couple of shearwaters skimmingÂ back and forth, brown in the sunlight.
I’d never, ever seen shearwaters here before, and amazement was closely followed by panic as I struggled to recall relevant identification features. By the time these birds had headed off out to sea though, after about five minutes, I’d seen enough to know they were Balearic Shearwaters.
A large Grey Seal was also cruising close inshore, at lunch-time and in the evening.