Sunday, 11 May 2014

whats that coming past the hut....was it stevie thunder

Long tailed Duck, Marsh Harrier and a Peregrine passed Whitburn obs in 5 hours this morning. I was joined by Magic Mark and New Mark today on a great sea watch with loads of variety in good conditions. Waders, Raptors, Terns what more could a sea watcher want. Stevie Thunder was running today 'between the piers' and had predicted passing the obs at 10.30, so we left at 10!
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 11th May 05.05-10.05 W2 coming round to NW later broken cloud cover and excellent visibility

Arctic Tern 6n
Gannet 190n 181s
Red th Diver 4n 6s
Black h Gull 9n 3s
Puffin 5n 4s
Common Tern 35n 5s
Common Scoter 2n 6s
Tufted Duck 2s
Swallow 1n 5s
Curlew 2n
Sand Martin 3n 3s
Peregrine 1n
Sandwich Tern 9n 117s
Turnstone 25n
Long tailed Duck 1n
Diver sp 1s prob blk th
Swift 2s
Shelduck 3n 3s
Mallard 7n
Sanderling 11n
Dunlin 2n
Common Sandpiper 1n
Whimbrel 2n 1s
LBBGull 5n
Marsh Harrier 1s female 08.30
Red br Merganser 1n
Ringed Plover 6n
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Shag 1n 1s