Friday, 12 July 2013

Dolphins save the day

22 White beaked Dolphins and two 2nd summer Med Gulls passed Whitburn this morning
It had been a quiet morning by recent standards. I was joined by a new Obs life tick Rob Stonehouse.
The sea was flat calm and silver and as the cloud burned off and bright sun prevailed getting any detail on passing birds was difficult. Rob called the Dolphins as they slowly moved north. Hopefully they will hang about in the area as they did last July they were certainly the stars of the show
Here are today's sightings in order of appearance

Friday 12th 04.35-07.00 W1 dead calm flat sea bright sun after early cloud

Shag 2 on the sea
Black headed Gull 15n 20s 20 on sea
Manx Shearwater 160n 8s
Arctic Skua 1s
Puffin 111n 17s
Eider 2n
Sandwich Tern 5n 5s
Common Tern 3n 4s
Med Gull two 2nd summer n
Red th Diver 2n 1s
Common Scoter 46n 2s
Arctic Tern 11n