Saturday, 6 September 2014

shag fest at Whitburn.......

Balearic, 2 Sooty and 33 Manx Shearwaters went north past Whitburn Obs by 11am. Yes it was a Shag fest with birds constantly moving south. Saint Mark joined me and we had a good variety of birds later Pink Floyd, Hoggie et al turned in when news of the Long tail past Hartlepool filtered through, sadly we didn't connect. This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 6th September 06.00-11.00 NNE2-3 cloud cover

Eider 4n
Black h Gull 18n 14s
Red th Diver 3n 10s
Curlew 4n 1s
Arctic Skua 7n 5s
Common Scoter 8n 39s
Turnstone 5n 8s
Redshank 11n 9s
Manxie 33n
Puffin 2n
Common Gull 2n 4s
Shag 5n 57s
Balearic Shearwater 1n 07.05
Swallow 171n 19s
Sooty Shearwater 2n
Red br Merganser 1n
Common Tern 20n
Whimbrel 1n
Sandwich Tern 3n 1s
Sand Martin 1s
Goldfinch 80s
Teal 1n 54s
Bonxie 2n 1s
LBBGull 1n
Whinchat 1 behind obs
Lapwing 9s
Little Gull 1n juv
Wigeon 20n
Goose sp 14n distant i thought Greylag but we couldn't agree