Sunday, 10 August 2014

Whats that coming over the hut is it a its a Cory's

Cory's Shearwater a Pom Skua and 3 Little Gulls were the headline birds past Whitburn Obs this morning on a busy sea watch. Saint Mark, Stevie Thunder and better late than never Magic Mark joined me today, Ratty was a late addition. Saint Mark called a distant probable Sooty which on closer inspection was nailed by Magic Mark as a Cory's, it was never easy but did shear up occasionally and showed its bowed wings and hooded head, The Pom was the first for the obs this year but wont be the last. This is what we saw in no particular order as my note book was a mess!

Sunday 10th August 05.15-11.00 SE2 then 3 cloud cover

Arctic Tern 3n 8s
Little Gull 3s (juv, 2nd sum and ad)
Sandwich Tern 19n 128s
Black h Gull 2n 18s
Common Scoter 13n 7s
Common Tern  106n 58s
Common Gull 13s
Dunlin 37s
Oystercatcher 3n 25s
Redshank 78s
Arctic Skus 1n 1s
Manxie 90n 9s
Teal 8n 3s
Curlew 2n 4s
Pom Skua 1n 07.40
Bar t Godwit 3n 1s
Porpoise 1
Bonxie 3n
Knot 1n 4s
Common Sandpiper 2s
Puffin 2n
Whimbrel 3s
Ringed Plover 1n
Turnstone 3s
Little Tern 6s
Med Gull 1n juv
Red th Diver 1n

Think i got everything, as you can see it was a canny sea watch, back later weather permitting