Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wader Wonderland.....

5 Whitebeaked Dolphins and a family of Porpoise put on a show off Whitburn Obs early morning.Its the National Whale and Dolphin Watch from the 26th July to 3rd August so it was nice to see some Cetaceans as we approach it. Yesterday on a sea like glass i didn't glimpse a fin but today was much better. A family of Porpoise were feeding off the obs 2 adults and a youngster, unusually it fully breached, not something I've witnessed very often
Then i noticed the White beaked Dolphins feeding distantly they hung around for a while and one was spy hopping!
I didn't know where to look as waders started to move south in They come through close in and fast its murder trying to id them and get a count in the blink of an eye. Thankfully Magic Mark is in the obs tomorrow. This is what i saw today in order of appearance

Wednesday 23rd July 05.20-07.20 SE1 cloud cover dead calm sea

Bar tailed Godwit 1n
Common Tern 4n 17s
Sandwich Tern 15n 185s
Common Scoter 12n
05.30 Porpoise 3 feeding (2 ad 1 juv)
Manx Shearwater 2n
Redshank 46n
Gropper 1 reeling
Goosander 1s
Common Gull 1s
Dunlin 69s
Arctic Tern 14n
Red th Diver 1n
06.20-06.50 White beaked Dolphin 5s
Whimbrel 2s
Puffin 2s
Turnstone 19s
Oyster Catcher 18s
Arctic Skua 1s
Curlew 2s
Sanderling 18s
Black h Gull1n