Friday, 16 August 2013

Seventh Heaven

Pom Skua, 2 Roseate Terns, Yellow legged and Med Gulls and a Sooty passed Whitburn by 08.30 am. Add to this the Minke Whale that went north and its been a cracking morning. I was joined by Magic Mark whose magicians hat was working today and Stoney
The early rain meant things were slow getting started but once it got going it was a great sea watch. Here's what we saw in order of appearance

Friday 16th August 05.35-08.30 SW2 rain at first and good cloud cover

Mallard 2n 2s
Teal 63n 8s
Manxie 12n 4s
Common Scoter 64n 8s
Cormorant 6n 71s
Red th Diver 1s
Black h Gull 3s
Curlew 2n 1s
Redshank 2n 2s
Common Gull 2s
Lesser b b Gull 3s
Golden Plover 7s
Goosander 1n
Sandwich Tern 22n 118s
Arctic Skua 2s
Arctic Tern 1n 7s
Pom Skua 1s
Porpoise 2n
Roseate Tern 2s
Ringed Plover 1s
Sooty Shearwater 1s
07.35 Minke Whale seen twice moving north
07.45 Minke Whale seen once further north
Med Gull juv on sea trying to eat a frog! then flew south
Yellow Legged Gull 1n juv a fantastic find by Magic Mark a new Obs year tick bringing the total to 145, and a Durham year list tick bring it to 227
Whimbrel 1s

Now that's what i call a sea watch