Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Whale meet again...............

White beaked Dolphins were the highlight today with 20+ moving south, 79 Manxies and 9 Arctic Terns passed but little else of note
With Minke Whales to the north around the Farne Islands and 6 off Filey I fancied my chances of finding one off Whitburn on a nice flat calm sea. It was a cetacean day but the Minke will have to wait. I picked up my first White beaked Dolphins at 04.45 and they moved south till 05.40 with some breaching. Later looking well south off Seaham i could see half a dozen easily
Birds took a back seat and i probably missed a few while i tracked the Dolphins

16th July 04.40-07.00 w1 flat calm sea bright sun

Swift 3n 1s
Cormorant 8n 17s
Manx Shearwater 58n 21s
Puffin 18n 8s
04.55 20+ White beaked Dolphins s
Common Scoter 113n
Dunlin 4s
Sandwich Tern 5n 41s
Black h Gull 47n 1s
Red th Diver 1n
Common Tern 3n 4s
Porpoise 1s
Eider 2n 3 on sea
Arctic Tern 4n 5s
Teal 4n
Knot 8n
Whimbrel 1n