Monday, 28 December 2015


12 Bonxies and a Red necked Grebe were among the host of quality birds that passed Whitburn Obs by 11am today. Magic Mark was back from his Xmas break and in form. The stronger wind than of late helped and we tucked in to enjoy a fandabidozi sea watch. Records continue to tumble, the 2 Velvet Scoters we saw brought the years total to 213, one more than the previous annual best in 2009. Coming on the back of other recent record's including highest day counts for Great northern Diver, Blue Fulmar and Woodcock today's Bonxie movement was the highest December total on record.
This is what we saw today in order of appearance.

Monday 28th December 08.00-11.00 SSE4-5 rough sea, cloud cover

Common Gull 15n 26s
Shag 8n 10s
Kittiwake 59n 1s
Black h Gull 3n 49s
Red th Diver 2n 3s
Fulmar 70n 3s
Velvet Scoter 2n
Scan Herring Gull 4s
Gannet 33n 5s
Bonxie 12n
Common Scoter 39n 14s
Black th Diver 1n
Great northern Diver 1n 1s
Red necked Grebe 1n
Sparrowhawk 1s
Curlew 1s
Porpoise 1s
Wigeon 3s
Eider 1s
Glaucous Gull 1n juv
Teal 3s