Sunday, 10 December 2017

Surfs Up..........

 21 Little Auks and a Sooty Shearwater went north at Whitburn Obs this morning. Saint Mark joined me and we enjoyed a canny sea watch, it started with a Great Northern Diver dropping onto the sea in front of us and finished with a Med Gull. Yesterdays watch was memorable for the big sea and surf and that continued today with a heavy swell but good light. The Little Auks were not expected nor were two species of Shearwater...
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 10th December 07.40-10.00 NW2 7/8

Common Gull 55n 10s
Black h Gull 72n 25s
Eider 3n
Red th Diver 11n 2s
Fulmar 104n 1s
Common Scoter 5n 2s
Great Northern Diver 1n 2s
Gannet 10n
Guillemot 155n 5s
Kittiwake 1s
Little Auk 20n 1s
Razorbill 2n
Porpoise 3
Cormorant 3n 3s
Manx Shearwater 1n
Shag 1n 9s
Puffin 1n
Goldeneye 1n 1s
Sooty Shearwater 1n
Long tailed Duck 1n
Med Gull 1s ad

Saturday, 2 December 2017

The boys are back in town.......

Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes went north at Whitburn Obs on a high quality sea watch this morning. Both Saint and Magic Mark were back from holiday, Stoney was in the house.. add in Fos and Pink Floyd and you've got some quality sea watchers. It was after the Lord Mayors show with the northerly gone for now but that didn't stop us seeing plenty of quality birds between birding holiday chat.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 2nd December 07.30-10.45 WNW2 7/8

Wigeon 70n 1s
Guillemot 364n
Razorbill 1n
Black h Gull 35n 50s
Common Gull 3n 11s
Cormorant 6n 7s
Eider 49n
Teal 58n 2s
Red th Diver 60n 20s
Long tailed Duck 5n 2s
Lapwing 29n
Common Scoter 127n 15s
Porpoise 4
Goldeneye 3n
Great Northern Diver 2n
Pink footed Goose 196n
Dunlin 6n 2s
Kittiwake 1s
Mallard 3n
Scan Herring Gull 5n
Puffin 1n
Shelduck 18n
Gannet 2n
Curlew 3n
Red necked Grebe 1n
Shag 4n 18s
Starling 2 in off
Velvet Scoter 5n
Slavonian Grebe 1n

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Xmas came early......

 White-billed Diver, Leach's, Grey Phal.....just another day at the office. The Northerly was forecast and for once they got it right, Stoney was in the house and we cleaned up. As usual nobody else bothered until Sir Ian late on and what a spectacle they missed. Big seas, lots of birds....Santa came early
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Wednesday 29th November 07.25-11.05 N5-6 7/8

Common Gull 19n 1s
Black h Gull 3n
Cormorant 5n 3s
Common Scoter 88n 12s
GBBGull 506n
Fulmar 133n 1s
Dunlin 58n
Kittiwake 67n
Little Auk 14n
Gannet 95n
Teal 19n
Eider 1n
Turnstone 5n
Great Northern Diver 3n
Wigeon 24n
Mallard 6n
Red th Diver 5n 1s
Leach's Petrel 1n
Long tailed Duck 1n
Grey Phalarope 1n
Razorbill 3n
Velvet Scoter 2n
Shag 1s
Sanderling 15n
Goldeneye 5n 1s
White-billed Diver 1n 09.10 close inshore
Porpoise 2n
Knot 18n
Great crested Grebe 1n
Kestrel 1n
Med Gull 2n ads
Brent Goose 4n pb
Red br Merganser 1n
Bonxie 2n
Peregrine 1n juv
Bar t Godwit 3n
Guillemot 343n 3s
no video from todays bird but here's one i prepared earlier

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Diver dawn.....

 45 Divers passed Whitburn Obs on today's sea watch. It's winter and not much passes this time of year so it was nice to get Divers moving from the off. Pink Floyd joined me and both Marks are still on holiday. I did not manage video of today's birds, too busy nailing the i.d's  so i have included another video from my Ecuador 2017 playlist on YouTube. How many Grey Phals can a man see in a year, it's crazy that another went by today.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 25th November 07.30-10.00 W1-2  2/8

Black h Gull 57n 29s
Red th Diver 28n 14s
Common Gull 10n 10s
Common Scoter 3n 3s
Cormorant 1n 10s
Guillemot 13n 1s
Great Northern Diver 2n 1s
Goldeneye 2n
Teal 8n
Eider 2s
Kestrel 4n
Gannet 4n
Fulmar 1n
Grey Phalarope 1n 09.15
Porpoise 2n

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Murder at Whitburn Obs...

3 species of Diver passed Whitburn Obs on this mornings watch, still a rare event as Black throated is still a very scarce bird off our coast. Stoney was in the house and the enjoyment of watching migrants coming in off soon turned to horror as our second Woodcock of the morning was knocked to the sea and eaten by Gulls, not good to watch...a few Blackbirds perished in similar fashion
I didn't manage to video the murder so i have included another video from my recent trip to Ecuador
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Thursday 23rd November 07.25-10.00 SW2 3/8

Redwing 6 in off
Fieldfare 33 in off
Blackbird 9 in off
Black h Gull 9n 18s
Curlew 8n
Guillemot 48n 1s
Common Gull 10n 6s
Kittiwake 1n
Red th Diver 14n 7s
Common Scoter 12n 1s
Teal 1n
Fulmar 6n 2s
Woodcock 4 in off
Scan Herring Gull 1s
Eider 1n
Golden Plover 25s
Song Thrush 4 in off
Thrush sp 18 in off
Great Northern Diver 1n
Cormorant 2n 2s
Shag 6s
Black th Diver 1n
Gannets 300ish n

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

White wing central...

Glaucous Gull and 2 Long-tailed Ducks went south at Whitburn Obs on our short watch this morning. Stoney was in the house and we had a canny couple of hours but when the rain got heavier we abandoned ship. The Glaucous Gull went south very low down and nearly evaded my bins but we nailed it, many more whitw wingers will follow this winter. I didn't manage to video the the Glauc but i did video this Vermilion Flycatcher in Ecuador last week, hope you enjoy it
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Wednesday 22nd November 07.25-09.40 S2-3 8/8

Common Gull 3n 39s
Scan Herring Gull 3s
Black h Gull 1n 15s
Red th Diver 11n 10s
Sparrowhawk 1s
Common Scoter 69n
Gannet 181n 1s
Teal 1n 5s
Fulmar 1n 3s
Kittiwake 1n 1s
Guillemot 3n 3s
Long-tailed Duck 2s
Cormorant 2n
Glaucous Gull 1s1st winter
GBBGull 154s
Turnstone 1s
Golden Plover 50s
Redshank 3n 1s

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

No clickers required...

2 Great Northern Divers and a Little Gull were seen on my early morning watch today. Pink Floyd joined me on a dreek day,  mist and rain and no wind. Our expectations were not high but we saw a good number of species if not any real numbers, so my three clickers remained in my bag.
A large Diver going north had an upturned bill but i could not make out a pale or ivory bill in the poor conditions so i logged it as Great Northern
I did not manage to video the rain but did film an Umbrellabird in Ecuador last week, see below
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Tuesday 21st November 07.25-10.25 8/8 early mist and rain

Goldeneye 2n 1s
Black h Gull 18n 34s
Red th Diver 13n 1s
Common Gull 4n 13s
Common Scoter 135n 1s
Turnstone 1n 6s
Curlew 1n 1s
Cormorant 2s
Fulmar 11n 2s
Gannet 24n 1s
Velvet Scoter 1n
Great Northern Diver 2n
Brent Goose 2n db
Little Gull 1s
Wigeon 4s
Goosander 1s
Med Gull 1s ad
Eider 2s
Teal 4n 8s
Red br Merganser 1s
Sparrowhawk 1n
Grey Heron 1s