Saturday, 9 January 2016

Woodcock meets sticky end...

4 Little Auks and 2 Great northern Divers passed Whitburn Obs by 11this morning. I was joined by Magic and Saint Mark, Boy Wonder and Stoney was in the house. A Woodcock was picked up coming in off but ditched onto the sea only a couple of hundred meters from the shore. Not a sight any of us had witnessed before, it must have just been exhausted. It flew a short distance again later but sadly was eventually consumed as breakfast by a Greater Black Backed Gull
It was a busy watch with lots of year ticks for all, this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 9th January 07.45-11.00 SW2 cloud cover then rain

Common Gull 2n 111s
Black h Gull 26n 249s
Eider 2s
Shag 5n 63s
Fulmar 89n
Med Gull 1s ad
Cormorant 8s
Red th Diver 28n 60s
Porpoise 4n 1s
Common Scoter 27n 10s
Razorbill 2n
Peregrine 1s
Common Seal 1
Little Auk 4n
Great northern Diver 1n 1s
Kittiwake 5n
Great crested Grebe 1s
Brent Goose db 1n 1s
Woodcock 1 in off
Red br Merganser 2n
Sanderling 18s
Grey Heron 1s
Bar tailed Godwit 1n
Little Gull 1s
Scan Herring Gull 2s
Dunlin 35s
Rock Pipit 2s