Sunday, 26 July 2015

Eye strain stops play....

7 Arctic Skuas and 164 Manxies passed Whitburn Obs by 08.30 this morning.Saint Mark and Robin Hood joined me on a frustrating watch.early on movement was brisk but it soon died off and the light was always difficult. After yesterdays marathon watch my scope eye is done in so i packed in early to save it for the forecasted northerlies next week. Still managed a 4 hour watch and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 26th July SW2 bright sun then thin cloud calm sea

Common Scoter 51n 1s
Common Tern 7n 40s
Sandwich Tern 35n 218s
Arctic Tern 16n 27s
Manxie 124n 40s
Arctic Skua 6n 1s
Shelduck 6s
Common Gull 5s
Puffin 10n 5s
Teal 7n
Curlew 2n 6s
Oyster Catcher 37s
Black h Gull 3s
Redshank 5n 10s
Red th Diver 1s
Whimbrel 1n 1s
Dunlin 1s
Turnstone 1n
Sadly no cetaceans today even though it was a nice calm sea..... maybe tomorrow