Saturday, 20 July 2013

King of Sea Watches

2 Poms 9 Arctic 2 Great Skuas, 2 Velvet Scoter a Scaup and loads of waders passed Whitburn this morning. But the star bird was a Kingfisher a new Obs year tick (137) and Obs lifer for me
It was action packed with a lot of variety and loads of Dolphins. I was joined by Mark Newsome@whitbunbirds, Stephen Addinall@saddinall, Pink Floyd, and a rare sighting of Peter Bell
Here is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday the 20th of July 04.45-10.30 NE2 full cloud cover calm sea,perfect!

Cormorant 10n 45s
Black h Gull 19n 7s
Oyster Catcher 65n 52s
Manxie 101n 29s
Curlew 9n 13s
Sandwich Tern 13n 21s
Arctic Skua 4n 5s
Little Gull 2n ads
Puffin 157n 16s
Arctic Tern 297n
05.30 White beaked Dolphin 2 close inshore going north
Common Gull 4n 1s
Common Tern 41n 2s
Redshank 1s
Bonxie 1n 3s
Tufted Duck 2n 1s
Black tailed Godwit 1n
Whimbrel 2n 1s
Bar tailed Godwit 3n
Golden Plover 45s
06.05 White beaked Dolphin 4
Grey Heron 1s
Common Scoter 496n 75s
Ringed Plover 4n 2s
Dunlin 18s
Sanderling 4s
Pom Skua 1n ad 1s sub ad
Red th Diver 4n 1s
Common Sandpiper 1s
Porpoise 5
06.40 White beaked Dolphin 1 distant, i close inshore
06.45 White beaked Dolphin 8+ south till 06.55
Sand Martin 42n
Scaup 1n
Velvet Scoter 2n
Purple Sandpiper 2n
Teal 29n
Med Gull 1n juv
Turnstone 7s
07.25 White beaked Dolphin 2s
07.45 White beaked Dolphin 25n
Kingfisher 1 on rocks

Phew that was some sea watch and I'm going back for more later