Saturday, 14 March 2015

No good to man nor beast...

6 Velvet Scoter and a Long tailed Duck passed Whitburn Obs by 10.30 this morning. It has been said an easterly wind is no good to man nor beast and it isn't much good for sea watching either but it certainly helped the Obs year list. Male Wheatear and Stonechat were on Jackie's beach viewable from the Obs thanks to Pink Floyd, bringing my Obs list to 99
Saint Mark joined me along with the Floyd and it was hard work at times. The highlight was some early morning cetacean fun with two groups of three Bottlenose Dolphins showing between 06.35 and 07.05
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 14th March 05.55-10.30 E2-3

Porpoise 2n 1s
Fulmar 18n
Kittiwake 321n
Black h Gull 4n 12s
Gannet 75n 12s
Guillemot 650n
Razorbill 150n
Common Gull 20n 3s
Curlew 4n
06.35 Bottlenose Dolphin one moving north
Shag 1n
Eider 10n 8s
06.45 Bottlenose Dolphin 3 different feeding mid distance
Red th Diver 2n 4s
Puffin 1n
07.05 Bottlenose Dolphin 3 distant going south one of which was smaller juv
Velvet Scoter 6n
Shelduck 4n
Wigeon 5n
Mallard 3s
Long t Duck 1n
Goosander 1s
Goldeneye 1s
Wheatear and Stonechat on Jackie's beach