Monday, 17 June 2013


A sea like glass and very calm conditions made for interesting viewing and probably accounts for the increase in Manxies and the Great n Diver which would not have been viewable on a rougher sea
It looked perfect for Stormies but I didn't get one.Here are the sightings past Whitburn today and a few lines on Sundays passage

Monday 17th June 04.40-06.50 NE1-2 bright sun with some light hazy cloud

As usual in order of appearance

Cormorant 11n 15s
Sandwich Tern 4n 112s
Gannet 87n 27s
Manx Shearwater 64n
Puffin 94n 61s
Common Scoter 122n 27s
Common Tern 10n 5s
Blk h Gull 2s
Red th Diver 1n
Great n Diver 1 on sea distant and drifting south
Shag 2n 1s
Moorhen 1 heard in nature reserve, a new Obs tick
Curlew 1n
Eider 8 on the sea

It was a nice still morning with no wind or sea noise but i still could not here the reported Reed Warbler singing, maybe its moved on

The Obs list stands at 129 and my county year list is becalmed on 219

Sunday 16th June 04.20-08.30 W2-3

I had Mark for company and we had a canny watch and a bit of a catch up
Star bird was an Arctic Skua and we had yet more Canada Geese 20 south