Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Call of the wild

Great northern Diver, 25 Manxies and 12 Arctic Terns went passed Whitburn Obs early morning.
On a much better day with calm conditions a few birds did show today although my sea watch time was limited to an hour with work getting in the way. It started with a lovely red sky sunrise and the stars of the show were the two Red throated Divers sat on the sea close inshore that were singing for the whole time. If you haven't heard it before its a real experience, an eerie call
This is what i saw in my hour in order of appearance

Tuesday 3rd September 06.15-07.15 W1 dead calm broken cloud

Manxie 25n
Black h Gull 7n 20s
Fulmar 48n 5s
Common Tern 8n 5s
Cormorant 1n 34s
Sandwich Tern 7n 10s
Great northern Diver 1n (a beast of a bird flying high up)
Arctic Skua 1s
Arctic Tern 10n 2s
Common Scoter 1n 4s
Red th Diver 3n 2 on sea
Teal 10n
Cuckoo juv flying round fields south of obs which is probably the bird that has been on Jackie's Beach lately