Sunday, 6 October 2013

its all about feet, big feet, pink feet........

575 Pinkfeet, Great northern Diver and a Lapland Bunting passed Whitburn Obs by 09.30 this morning. Pink feet are on the move groups of circa 45,350 and 180 went south.A Great northern Diver had the biggest feet of the day a massive bird with huge club feet, in better light and closer in i would have been checking it out for White billed. Only new Mark (Mark Harper) joined me again this morning where have all the sea watchers gone, but we had a good watch with lots of interest and migrants moving south.I had to cut it short for some grandad duties but will be in the field again later today
Here is what we saw in order of appearance sort of

Sunday 6th September 06.45-09.30 SW2-3 light cloud sometimes bright sun

Grey Heron 1n 1s
Black h Gull 42n 77s
Curlew 35n
Red th Diver 2n 18s
Eider 14n 5s
Cormorant 21s
Common Scoter 12n 4s
Golden Plover 14n 10s
Meadow Pipit 24s
Arctic Skua 1s
Tufted Duck 2s
Grey Wagtail 3s
Lapland Bunting 1s (a new Obs tick and 155 for the year so far)
Great crested Grebe 2s
Pied Wagtail 1s
Greater black backed Gull 64s
Red br Merganser 1s
Sandwich Tern 3s
Pink footed Goose circa 575s
Great northern Diver 1s
Porpoise 1s