Sunday, 23 February 2014

same time same place...........differant bird

Glaucous Gull a Brent Goose and 55 pink feet passed Whitburn Obs by 10am today. Who would have believed that another Glaucous Gull would go south past the obs at exactly the same time 6.52 as yesterday, another juvenile but not the same bird. Magic Mark and new Mark joined me and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 23rd February 06.40-10.00 S3-4 cloud cover

Eider 3n 15s
Black h Gull 34s
Common Gull 1n 31s
Greater B B Gull 370s
Glaucous Gull 1s 06.52
Guillemot 6n 6s
Red br Merganser 1n
Shelduck 3n 1s
Scan Herring Gull 5s
Fulmar 4n 38s
Cormorant 6n 27s
Common Scoter 3n
Red th Diver 10n 4s
Gannet 65n
Shag 2n
Kittiwake 3s
Razorbill 1s
Brent Goose db 1n
Pink feet 55n
Tufted Duck 1s

Saturday, 22 February 2014

everthings gonna be all white

Glaucous Gull, 2 Med Gulls and a Peregrine passed Whitburn Obs by 10 am this morning
Magic Mark had predicted a white wing gull fest and he wasn't wrong with juv Glaucous Gull and 2 adult Med Gulls passing, otherwise it was quiet in a strong westerly although i did manage 3 new Obs year ticks with Dunlin, Peregrine and Greylag. We were joined by new Mark and Pink Floyd and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 22nd February 06.45-10.00 W3 bright sun

Black h Gull 10n 211s
Common Gull 1n 78s
Glaucous Gull juv 1s 06.52
Guillemot 18n 7s
Turnstone 7s
Redshank 3s
Med Gull 2s ads
Cormorant 4n 11s
Scan Herring Gull 1s
Common Scoter 4n 1s
Peregrine 1n
Razorbill 2n
Greylag Goose 1n
Dunlin 1n
Eider 2s
Porpoise 3n 2s
Curlew 121 in the obs field

Sunday, 16 February 2014

there's a hole in my bucket dear liza........................

Great northern Diver, Velvet Scoter and 3 Little Gulls passed Whitburn Obs by 10am today. The rewards were there today if you were prepared to put the time in and Magic Mark and myself did our best. The sea watch had to finish at 10am as i had a shift with the donation bucket at the Myrtle Warbler. I have to say birders in general are a generous lot. The collection is for the local schools nature club, RSPB projects and the Cameron Bespolka Trust. Its well on its way to a very healthy one thousand pounds well done to all involved
This is what we saw today in order of appearance

Sunday 16th February 07.05-10.00 W2 bright sun

Black h Gull 67s
Cormorant 1n 15s
Common Scoter 3n 12s
Guillemot 6n 4s
Common Gull 65s
Red th Diver 10n 12s
Eider 1n 4s
Curlew 2n
Grey Heron 1s
Porpoise 2n
Red br Merganser 1n
Teal 9n
Gannet 1n
Little Gull 3s 1 ad 2 1st w
Velvet Scoter 1s
Great n Diver 1n

Saturday, 15 February 2014

rain stopped play....

3 adult Little Gulls went north past Whitburn Obs by 10 am this morning but little else as the rain arrived. I was joined late on by Hoggie. This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 15th February 07.15-10.00 SW2-3 rain

Black h Gull 3n 19s
Common Gull 2n 13s
Fulmar 8n 3s
Red th Diver 5n 2s
Little Gull 3n all adults
Razorbill 1s
Guillemot 3n 10s
Cormorant 1n 9s
Curlew 1n
Gannet 5s
Eider 1s
Shelduck 3n
Kittiwake 2s
Common Scoter 1s

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Warbler what Warbler

Little Gull and 10 Red Throated Divers passed Whitburn Obs early morning. After the excitement of the Myrtle Warbler it was business as usual today. My first sea watch since my excellent Thailand birding holiday. I was joined by Pink Floyd on a quiet morning and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 9th February 07.50-10.10 SW2

Black h Gull 1n 24s
Eider 1n 1s
Fulmar 9n 3s
Cormorant 3n 7s
Curlew 1n
Guillemot 1n 10s
Porpoise 1s
Teal 1s
Heron 1s
Red th Diver 5n 5s
Red br Merganser 1s
Little Gull 1s

i did manage 3 new Obs year ticks today, Skylark, Blackbird and on gas