Saturday, 9 May 2015

Migration Mayhem.....

a Black throated Diver and 2 Scaup passed Whitburn Obs by 10am this morning. However that wasn't the highlight, that went to the passage waders and Swallows. With both Marks away in foreign climes it was down to me. I wasn't expecting much based on the last few days but it soon became apparent that the number of Swallows and Waders passing were not as normal, i was panicking as i was missing more than i was seeing but the cavalry arrived when Pink Floyd walked in. We logged good numbers of birds but if we saw over 200 Swallows going north looking out to sea how many went behind us. Desperate Den was a late arrival sheltering from the rain and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 9th May 05.10-10.10 WNW1-2 then freshening to 3, early mist then rain

Gannet 57n 86s
Common Gull 30n 16s
Sandwich Tern 8n 203s
Eider 2n 4s
Shelduck 3n
Common Tern 33n
Swallow 213n
Ringed Plover 70n 2s
Dunlin 73n
Redshank 2n
Whimbrel 3n 13s
Oyster Catcher 41n 30s
Common Scoter 10n
Black h Gull 5n 1s
Turnstone 61n 2s
Curlew 1n
House Martin 10n
Black th Diver 1n
Scaup 2s
Swift 2n

Swift was my first of the year and brought my Obs year list to 118
Cant wait for tomorrow morning......