Friday, 4 September 2015

Baroli or Boydi that is the question......

a Little Shearwater went north past Whitburn Obs this morning on an action packed watch. Aggie birder was back and Stoney was in the house. (Later Sir Ian, Hoggie, Pink Floyd, unlucky Dave et al arrived). The northerly was still going and the sea swell was heavy we waited with anticipation for the birds to start moving.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Friday 4th September 05.50-11.00 NNW4 cloud cover, very heavy swell and rain at times

Black h Gull 97n 8s
Common Gull 13n 2s
Teal 325n
Dunlin 21n
Eider 2n 5s
Mallard 3n
Long tailed Skua 1n juv
Wigeon 134n
06.30 Little Shearwater 1n circa 400yds out
Red th Diver 9n 1s
Arctic Tern 1n
Little Gull 1n ad
Manxie 14n
Arctic Skua 10n 16s
Bonxie 3n 2s
Sandwich Tern 81n 3s
Ruff 2n
Turnstone 2n
Redshank 7n 4s
Snipe 3 in/off
Shag 2n 14s
08.30 Storm Petrel 1n
Sooty Shearwater 5n
Pintail 6n
Common Tern 4n
Common Scoter 13n
Shelduck 7s
Knot 1n
Fulmar 126n
Brent Goose 18n db