Saturday, 8 August 2015

Having a Whale of a time....

33 White beaked Dolphin went south past Whitburn Obs this morning our highest ever count. Yorkshire was keeping all the Minke's for itself and having a Whale of a time, so maybe tomorrow...Somebody must have told them the National Whale and Dolphin watch was over, they all came out to play. Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey, we did ok, two species of  Dolphin and Porpoise recorded
It was a perfect Cetacean sea dead calm and flat but no cloud and bright sun made viewing difficult.I was joined by Saint Mark and Pink Floyd and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 8th August 05.10-10.00 NW1 then dead calm, clear sky bright sun, flat .sea state

Curlew 1n 5s
Dunlin  10n 36s
Oyster Catcher 2n 8s
Manx Shearwater 54n 13s
Sandwich Tern 83s
Common Tern 3n 76s
Common Scoter 111n
Arctic Tern 10n 4s
Shag 3s
Redshank 2n 2s
Grey Heron 1n
Ringed Plover 2n
Whimbrel 1s
Teal 1s
Knot 1s
Wigeon 3s
Black h Gull 1n 1s
Turnstone 5n