Sunday, 9 August 2015

Record breakers.......

Pom Skua, Little Gull and a Blue Fulmar passed Whitburn Obs early morning. The record breaking team of  Magic Mark, Saint Mark and myself were back in action. We recently set a new Obs record for Redshank passage in a day and today it was the turn of Dunlin. 340 Dunlin went south by 10.10 beating the previous best day total of 290 set in Nov 2005. We left Saint Mark in the Obs no doubt adding to our total
It was a busy morning and the wind encouraged birds to move after yesterdays dead calm
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 9th August 05.10- 10.10 SSW 3 cloud cover early on then broken cloud

Common Gull 9s
Black h Gull 9s
Common Scoter 219n 9s
Pom Skua 1s
Sandwich Tern 8n 580s
Manxie 1n 49s
Common Tern 30n 120s
Shag 2n 9s
Dunlin 340s
Ringed Plover 10s
Turnstone 10s
Knot 4s
Oyster Catcher 16s
Shoveler 3n
Teal 24n 4s
Redshank 23s
Blue Fulmar 1s L
Sanderling 26s
Arctic Skua 2n 2s
Bonxie 1n
Kestrel 1s
Curlew 4s
Black tailed Godwit 2s
LBBGull 1n 1s
Whimbrel 2s
Little Gull 1s ad