Sunday, 22 November 2015

Record Breakers.....

17 Great northern 1 Black throated and 94 Red throated Divers passed Whitburn Obs by 13.15 today. We smashed the day record of Great northerns past the Obs, it was 13. This was fast on the heels of beating the Dunlin record yesterday. I was joined by Foss, Boy Wonder, Stevie Makem and a few more also the Bikin Birder and Stoney was in the house. Sadly the Bikin Birder wasn't able to get a year tick but we did enjoy another fantastic sea watch. My note book was a mess we saw so much but here goes for what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 22nd November 07.20-13.15 N3 full cloud cover fairly calm sea

Black h Gull 143n 11s
Common Gull 65n 9s
Eider 22n 6s
Fulmar 40n 42s
Red th Diver 65n 29s
Goldeneye 34n 3s
Little Auk 106n 1s
Teal 108n
Common Scoter 197n 11s
Curlew 2n
Dunlin 306n
Wigeon 156n
Long tailed Duck 17n
Grey Heron 1n
Velvet Scoter 5n
Manxie 5n
Kittiwake 69n 29s
Red br Merganser 8n
Great northern Diver 17n
Short eared Owl 1 in/off
Shag 1n green ring 35s
Bar t Godwit 1n
Sanderling 2n
Pom Skua 2n juvs
Starling 32 in/off
Grey Plover 1n
Shelduck 19n
Pink footed Goose 100s
Knot 7n
Rock Pipit 2n
Tufted Duck 8n
Iceland Gull 1s different bird to yesterday
Purple Sandpiper 1n
Black th Diver 1n
Brent Goose 2n 1db 1pb
Bonxie 5n
Mallard 25n
Red necked Grebe 2n
Whooper Swan 1s
Med Gull 1s ad
Snipe 3n
Pintail 3n
Turnstone 3n
Kingfisher 1n
Goosander 1n
Great crested Grebe 1n 1 on sea
Sparrowhawk 1n
Kestrel 1n

Phew what a watch, Magic Mark is on his way to the obs to join the Bikin Birder and complete a day of watching at Whitburn
I had a Petrel north distant i couldn't get enough on to id.....