Saturday, 14 November 2015

WatsApp Doc......

2 Long tailed Ducks and 13 Whooper Swans passed Whitburn Obs by 11.30 today along with 106 Divers. Boy Wonder joined me along with the Doc and later Pink Floyd. I was glad for the extra eyes, birds were moving and you can miss more than you see if your on your own.

 The topic of conversation turned to sea watching news and how it should be broadcast, no one was a fan of the WatsApp option but would prefer Twitter, RBA, Birdguides etc. It may suit other birding news but not sea watching was the view. Its important to get quick information with often less than an hour between sea watching sites like Hartlepool Whitburn and Newbiggin, and for birds to be tracked like the Fea's say

Today started similar to yesterday with early passage of the larger Divers, and the Red throats didn't know when to group of ten had a leucistic bird bringing up the rear with ivory bill...It was a Red throat tho.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 14th November 07.00-11.30 SW3 full cloud cover

Common Gull 93s
Curlew 7n 16s
Black h Gull 10n 183s
Common Scoter 7n 5s
Red th Diver 14n 85s
Black th Diver 3s
Turnstone 10s
Scan Herring Gull 1s
Eider 4s
Kittiwake 1n 3s
Goosander 1s
Goldeneye 8n 4s
Great northern Diver 4s
Grey Heron 1s
Golden Plover 560s
Redshank 1n 1s
Manxie 1n
Whooper Swan 1n 12s
Little Gull 1n 5s
Shag 2s
Wigeon 2n
Med Gull 2s ads
Snow Bunting 1s
Long tailed Duck 2n
Pink footed Goose 22s