Sunday, 20 July 2014

Lazy Sunday Sea watch...

A Blue Fulmar and 3 Arctic Skuas passed Whitburn Obs on my early morning sea watch. I only had the birds for company today and i was late in after the Storm Petrel ringing session last night. It was a very successful session 14 birds trapped and ringed, the BBQ earlier in the evening organised by the Coastal Conservation Group was a huge success, thanks to all involved its becoming a real highlight of the birding calendar. With little wind to encourage movement it was a quiet watch which is what i needed after 4 hours sleep. This is what i saw today in order of appearance

Sunday 20th July 05.55-09.15 NW1-2 cloud cover calm sea

Manx Shearwater 29n 25s
Gannet 30n 293s
Sandwich Tern 19n 190s
Common Tern 16n 63s
Arctic Tern 15n 5s
Curlew 3s
Common Gull 3s
Whimbrel 3s
Puffin 2n 2s
Common Scoter 73n 3s
Arctic Skua 1n 2s
Ringed Plover 8s
Blk h Gul 1n 2s
Blue Fulmar 1s D almost a double D
Turnstone 2n
Peregrine 1s
Kestrel 2s
Grey Heron 2s