Monday, 1 June 2015


A Whooper Swan went north past Whitburn Obs this morning. One of a number of bizarre events that occurred this morning leaving me thinking wtf...... Firstly i was woken circa 4.30am by the honking of Canada Geese over my house in Washington, not a regular occurrence.  Next two Canada Geese were flying south past the Obs with another bird in formation it had me puzzled at first but it was a large gull of similar wing span to the Geese and they all continues south together. Later a Swan was flying north toward me and as last week i was thinking yes a Mute, but no it was another Whooper. This ones neck looked like it had been run over by a truck, it was bent at odd angles. A Grey Heron tried to come in off for what seemed an age but the local gulls give it a hard time. And finally as i locked the Obs door a skein of Canada's came in off and appeared to land on Jackie's beach. It all left me thinking wtf..............

This is what i saw in order of appearance

Monday 1st June 05.10-06.50 SW1-2 bright sun

Black h Gull 1s
Sandwich Tern 2n 67s
Gannet 59n 24s
Arctic Tern 6n
Common Tern 4n 2s
Canada Goose 21s (2,2,17)
Greylag Goose 1s with Canada's
Puffin 3s
Common Gull1s
Red th Diver 1n
Whooper Swan 1n 06.35
Grey Heron 1s
Eider 3n