Monday, 6 April 2015

Duck tales.....

An Iceland Gull passed Whitburn Obs by 09.30 this morning and a good selection of birds before the fog rolled in. Pochard and Gadwall are both scarce ducks to see from the Obs so it was some reward for the hours i put in this weekend that i added them to my Obs year list, now on 104. Both Marks were back in action but i made the mistake again of leaving before them when an early Sooty Shearwater went past after i had left.I was off to the moors to look for some of the many quality birds seen recently...the weather was just too good and too many folk were out and about....
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Monday 6th April 06.10-09.30 NW2 calm sea

Common Gull 299n 7s
Puffin 4n
Goosander 4n
Common Scoter 26n 11s
Black h Gull 27n 2s
Greylag Goose 2s
Porpoise 6 north at least
Eider 13n 1s
Shelduck 4n 2s
Ringed Plover 1n
Gannet 37n2s
Red br Merganser 3n
Pochard 1n
Sandwich Tern 11n
Iceland Gull 1n 2nd cy bird our 10th this year it even stopped for photo's
Red th Diver 1n 2s
Redshank 4s
Dunlin 1n
Teal 2s
Curlew 1s
Shag 1s
Goldeneye 1n
LBBGull 2n