Sunday, 30 November 2014

Icing on the cake.......

2 Tundra Bean Geese,, 2 Great northern Divers and 4 Long tailed Ducks were just a few of the highlights that passed Whitburn Obs this morning bringing to a close a fantastic weekend of sea watching
I was joined by Magic and Saint Mark and later by a bunch of reprobates, Hoggie, Walter, Pink Floyd and the Birtley Bishop. We had 18 species of wildfowl today but none of yesterdays Skua's on another busy watch. The two Sandwich Terns that @whitleybirder sent us were the icing on the cake! even tho they took two hours to reach us.. The Bean Geese brought my obs year list to 166 species.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 30th November 07.25-11.00 WNW2-3 early cloud clearing

Black h Gull 31n 49s
Peregrine 1s
Cormorant 1n 18s
Common Gull 4n 74s
Fulmar 28n
Lapwing 40n
Eider 18n 12s
Canada Goose 5s
Guillemot 19n
Purple Sandpiper 4n
Curlew 3n 110s
Common Scoter 18n 5s
Red th Diver 33n 22s
Pochard 2s
Goldeneye 4n 2s
Shag 7s
Razorbill 1n
Velvet Scoter 4n
Teal 3n 3s
Great n Diver 2n
Gadwall 1n
Pinkfeet 315s
Greylag Goose 1n
Scan Herring Gull 1s
Shelduck 7n
Red br Merganser 1s
Long tailed Duck 4n
Merlin 1s
Med Gull 1s ad
Goosander 2s
Tufted Duck 1s
Sandwich Tern 2s
Tundra Bean Goose 2n and in at 10.25
Turnstone 4n
Wigeon 1n 3s

Sadly i will miss next weekend as im off to Goa for some sunshine curry and birds, back soon......