Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gone fishing......

4 Arctic Skuas and 20 Red throated Divers passed Whitburn Obs early morning. I might as well have gone fishing for all the luck i had. Even two of the county's hot new birders couldn't conjure up something special. I was joined by Saint Mark and Stoney was in the house. It was a full week since i last sat in the Obs due to work etc .I was looking forward to today's watch and it was full of variation but just lacked a couple of decent birds. My Obs list grew to 147 with Coal Tit. Sadly i didn't see or hear the 5 Ring necked Parakeets that went south through Shearwater per John Chapman.
This is what we did see in order of appearance

Saturday 13th September 06.05-10.30 SW1 cloud cover at first then hazy sunshine

Black h Gull 82n 200s
Common Scoter 15n
Teal 67n 3s
Common Gull 3n 4s
Curlew 45n
Whimbrel 1n
Tufted Duck 5n
Shag 1n 13s
Redshank 12n 1s
Wigeon 8n
Ringed Plover 10s
Dunlin 20s
Sanderling 11s
Red th Diver 4n 16s
Common Tern 4n 2s
Sandwich Tern 2n 55s
Arctic Tern 1s
Porpoise 2
Manxie 6n
Arctic Skua 4s
Grey Wagtail 6s
Puffin 2n
Turnstone 3n 4s
Red br Merganser 1s
Swallow 16s
Eider 6s
Knot 17s
Meadow Pipit 5s

vis mig was increasing when i left so back later for more