Saturday, 15 November 2014

calm after the storm....

Great northern Diver, Pom Skua and a Med Gull passed Whitburn Obs this morning. Magic Mark and I were back on a calm quiet morning following yesterdays stormy weather. We had hoped for some leftovers as birds relocated but in truth few birds were moving so we had to work hard to eek out a few decent birds and we did ok
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 15th November SW1 cloud cover calm sea with moderate swell

Black h Gull 16n 70s
Common Gull 7n 30s
Curlew 2n
Little Gull 10n 10s
Eider 6n 1s
Wigeon 5n 3s
Fulmar 6n 1s
Red th Diver 1n 19s
Porpoise 5
Knot 1n
Med Gull 1s ad
Great n Diver 1n close inshore a beast of a bird
Cormorant 11n
Scan Herring Gull 1s
Shag 5s
Pom Skua 1n juv
Common Scoter 2n
Grey Heron 1n
Dunlin 1n
Long t Duck 1n
Redshank 1n

We headed off to look for the Water Pipit at Whitburn Steel and found two
I then eventually saw the Siberian Stonechat at the Academy Pools and found a Snow Bunting so all in all a canny days birding