Saturday, 18 October 2014

Duckin n Divin ...the return

7 Great northern Divers, a Pom Skua and 26 Whoopers passed Whitburn Obs by 12.30. A flock of Great northerns and 13 species of Wildfowl were just some of the highlights on this duck and diver day. A Curlew Sandpiper was a new Obs year tick and brings my Obs list to 161 equalling last years total!
I was joined by Saint Mark, DL,Pink Floyd and a guest birder Brummie Gary. Magic Mark brought up the rear.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 18th October 07.15-12.30 S3 cloud cover

Common Gull 27n 38s
Black h Gull 14n 60s
Red th Diver 7n 8s
Common Scoter 35n 33s
Eider 8n 5s
Mallard 3s
Wigeon 104n 28s
Shoveler 1n
Pom Skua 1n
Teal 34n 7s
Velvet Scoter 5n
Curlew Sandpiper 1s
Curlew 2n
Little Gull 2n 3s
Bonxie 2n
Golden Plover 32s
Pintail 3n
Redwing 124 in off
Brent Goose 1n db
Lapwing 25s
Whooper Swan 26s inc flock of 24
Goldeneye 2n 2s
Red br Merganser 1n 3s
Turnstone 1n
Great northern Diver 7n inc 1 flock of 6 a new obs record
Dunlin 2s
Long tailed Duck 1s
Goosander 1n
Med Gull 1n ad