Sunday, 10 May 2015

are you Cory's in disguise, are you Cory's in.........

Curlew Sandpiper and 5 Manxies passed Whitburn Obs by 10 o'clock this morning. 2 Manxies came south giving fantastic close views and they didn't flap their wings at all, resembling Cory's in flight. I had asked Stevie Thunder to join me this morning after the volume of waders passing yesterday i needed more eyes, but no two days are alike. It was only after he had left that a few small waders started to move north and amongst them i managed to see a Curlew Sandpiper. Hoggie and Pink Floyd had joined me by this time and Hoggie got the Sandpiper but sadly the Floyd didn't. That's 10 hours of birding I've done in the obs this weekend and i have to say I've enjoyed every moment
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 05.00-10.00 S2 cloud cover

Grasshopper Warbler and Blackcap were singing as i arrived
Sandwich Tern 5n 192s
Common Tern 7n 8s
Common Gull 12n 3s
Gannet 169n 20s
Red th Diver 8n
Common Scoter 2n 10s
Black h Gull 2n 12s
Curlew 4n
Puffin 2n 2s
Sand Martin 1n 5s
Manxie 3n 2s
Goosander 1n
Dunlin 2s
Whimbrel 1n 1s
Shelduck 7s
Gadwall 2n
Swift 1s
Arctic Tern 5n 5s
Oyster Catcher 7n
Tree Sparrow 4s
Grey Wagtail 1s
Kestrel 1n
Shag 1n
Turnstone 8n
Ringed Plover 8n 1s
Curlew Sandpiper 1n