Saturday, 18 July 2015

An absurd little bird is popping up to say......... Cuckoo

An Arctic Skua and 2 adult Med Gulls passed Whitburn Obs this afternoon. Magic Mark rang me to say he was finished at work and was on his way to the Obs...Well that was all the encouragement i needed after the disappointment of no Obs year ticks this morning, a second chance. And it was a bird thats hard to catch up with in the Obs that popped up on a post, a juv Cuckoo.
It was a memorable watch that started slowly but as the tide rose the waders increased, maybe i would get my Greenshank after all......, maybe tomorrow
This is what we saw

Saturday 18th July 13.10-17.50  W2

Manxie 2n
Common Scoter 7n 4s
Grey Heron 3s all in/off
Golden Plover 1s
Dunlin 88s
Redshank 59s
Whimbrel 11s
Curlew 2n 4s
Arctic Skua 1n
Black h Gull 6n 8s
Common Gull 1n 9s
Med Gull 2n both ads
LBBGull 1n
Sandwich Tern 61n 52s
Arctic Tern 1n 1s
Swift 2s
Porpoise 2s
White beaked Dolphin 2-4
04.40 2 north close inshore
05.25 2 distant breaching