Saturday, 17 October 2015

Comes in threes.....

Black throated and 2 Great northern Divers passed Whitburn Obs by midday. They say good things come in threes, and they did today,  three species of Diver, Shearwater, Auk, it was just the Skuas that let us down, couldnt find an Arctic for love nor....
The usual Saturday gang was in from before first light and we had fantastic views of some quality birds. The big Divers for me stole the show passing at a distance that gave quality and prolonged views, followed closely by the Long tailed Ducks and Velvet Scoters and the Shearwaters....
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 17th October 07.15-12.00 NE2-3 cloud cover and rough sea

Black h Gull 89n 15s
Common Gull 26n 18s
Eider 1s
Red th Diver 10n 19s
Fulmar 4n
Sooty Shearwater 10n
Velvet Scoter 5n 3s
Common Scoter 23n 7s
Goldeneye 14n 7s
Manxie 5n 1s
Wigeon 18n 3s
Bonxie 1n 6s
Teal 4n 1s
Brent Goose 7n pb
Red br Merganser 3n
Mallard 2n 2s
Black th Diver 1n adult
Long tailed Duck 3n all drakes
Great northern Divers 2n
Balearic Shearwater 1n
Little Gull 1n
Heron 1n
Short eared Owl 1s
Curlew 1n
Pom Skua 3s
Med Gull 1n
Goosander 1n
Shag 1s
Porpoise 1
Ringed Plover 1s
Puffin 1n