Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ravens set new Obs year list record.................

2 Great northern Divers, 11 Whooper Swans and 8 Brent Geese passed Whitburn Obs by 10am. News of Ravens yesterday flying from Tynemouth into South Tyneside gave a glimmer of hope that they might be seen from the Obs. In truth it was a long shot and i was on a short leash with grandad duties from 10, so it was exciting news that they had been seen heading south again. We managed to see all three of them and bingo they are on the Obs list and species 162 of the year, a new record. Thanks for all the Raven news guys
I was joined by Magic and Saint Mark for another remarkable Whitburn Obs sea watch, this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 25th October 07.25-10.00 SW2-3 mainly bright sun after early cloud

Eider 6n 1s
Turnstone 5s
Black h Gull 13n 38s
Common Gull 13n 12s
Common Scoter 11n 4s
Red th Diver 20n 6s
Curlew 2n
Grey Heron 1n
Golden Plover circa 320s
Little Gull 49n 4s
Red br Merganser 2s
Pied Wagtail 1s
Common Tern 1n
Whooper Swan 11s
Wigeon 1s
Great northern Diver 2s
Brent Goose 8n db
Pink footed Goose 194s
Raven 3 over Souter
Canada Goose 3s

Magic Mark continued the watch as i headed off on grandad duties...back tomorrow