Saturday, 7 March 2015

Swan song at Whitburn.....

A Bewick Swan and 115 Whooper Swans went north past Whitburn Obs by midday. An Obs mega was not on the cards with this strong south westerly today but in fact we had two with Bewick Swan and a Moorhen.Swans were saying goodbye and heading back north so it was a thrill to find a Bewick tagging along. I was joined by Saint and Magic Mark, Skinny Dipper came back for more and Stoney was in the house. It ended up being a remarkable sea watch and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 7th March 06.20-12.00 SW5

Common Gull 6n 15
Black h Gull 3n 38s
Scan Herring Gull 5s
Kittiwake 3n 74s
Red th Diver 5n 2s
Gannet 12n 113s
Curlew 4n 2s
Redshank 3s
Porpoise at least 4 2n 2s
Eider 2n 1s
Mallard 2s
Turnstone 1s
Shelduck 2n 2s
Common Scoter 7n 2s
Moorhen 1n
Whooper Swan 115n
Bewick Swan 1n 08.18
Canada Goose 1n
Iceland Gull 1n 1s both 1st/2nd w types probably different birds
Grey Wagtail 1s
Goosander 5n
Goldeneye 1s
LBB Gull 2n
Kestrel 1s
Glaucous Gull 1n juv
Pink footed Goose 316n
Wigeon 1n 1s

A cracking sea watch, my obs list has hit 94