3 Little Gulls and 2 Arctic Skuas passed Whitburn Obs by 9 o'clock this morning and the Whitburn Whitebeaks were on show most of the time. No helpers today, it was just little old me so just as well it was quiet. With little wind to encourage birds to get up it was very quiet after the initial morning rush hour. As usual the Dolphins stole the show on a calm sea, tho they were distant further north but not difficult to see.
My Obs year list got an unexpected boost with Great spotted Woodpecker following on from a Pintail yesterday. Bringing my year list to circa 144, its not looking like a record year but you never know.......
Sunday 16th August 05.30-09.00 SSE1-2 then 1, flat calm sea light cloud
Dunlin 18n 8s
Black h Gull 12n 7s
Common Scoter 2n
Arctic Skua 1n 1s
Sandwich Tern 2n 32s
Common Tern 9n 51s
Arctic Tern 5n 3s
Little Gull 3s 1 ad
07.10 White beaked Dolphin 7+ north still visable feeding to the north when i left
I headed off to WWWT to look for the reported Hawfinch.....but thats another story