Saturday, 25 July 2015

Hang on Sooty....Sooty hang on...

A Sooty Shearwater 3 Bonxies and 2 Arctic Skuas passed Whitburn Obs by 10.30 this morning. I was joined by Magic Mark, Saint Mark with Robin Hood, Pink Floyd was back from a hat full of holidays and Hoggie and Walter arrived late on. It was my first Sooty of the year and it was over far too quickly, more soon I'm sure.
I made an early start as its the first day of the 2015 National Whale and Dolphin watch fortnight. Just as well as my only sightings were early on, but its nice to get some scores on the doors
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 25th July 04.30-10.30 NNW4 broken clourd rough sea

Curlew 7n 3s
04.42 White beaked Dolphin one breached close inshore
Fulmar 62n
Common Scoter 218n 78s
Manxie 122n 2s
Gannet 945n
05.00 White beaked Dolphin 2 north close inshore
Puffin 115n 25s
Common Tern 25n 5s
Turnstone 5n 1s
Arctic Tern 156n 1s
Common Gull 1n 5s
Bar tailed Godwit 7n 1s
LBBGull 6n
Tufted Duck 2n
Shag 3s
Black h Gull 4n 6s
Grey Plover 1n
Teal 65n
Arctic Skua 2s
Red th Diver 3n
Swift 3n
Whimbrel 2n
Mallard 2n
Bonxie 3n
Oyster Catcher 15s
Sooty Shearwater 1n