Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Is that a Skua i see before me

5 Bonxies and 7 Arctic Skuas passed Whitbun Obs by 09.00 this morning. No two days are alike in the Obs and yesterdays Arctic Tern passage was not repeated. However the Bottlenose Dolphin passage was. What seemed like the same size pod 7/8 animals moving north at much the same time as yesterday, but as they were well north it became obvious not all had been showing and i counted 15 at least. Yesterday they came south again at 12.30, but I'm not sure if anyone will be in to see them today
I was joined by Magic Mark and Steve Chinnery and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Tuesday 28th July 04.50-09.00 NW2-3 full cloud cover calm sea

Black h Gull 10n 2s
Curlew 2n 2s
Common Gull 15n 3s
Arctic Skua 5n 2s
Med Gull 1n ad
Manx Shearwater 116n 8s
Dunlin 2n
Common Scoter172n 123s
Sandwich Tern 8n 56s
Bonxie 5n
Common Tern 5n 22s
Puffin 6n 2s
Arctic Tern 79n 20s
Eider 1s
Little Gull 1s ad
07.55-07.50 Bottlenose Dolphin circa 15 north
08.10-08.12 Porpoise 1n 1s
Redshank 2n
Blue Fulmar 1n