Sunday, 14 February 2016

The north wind doth blow ......

Velvet Scoter and 3 Puffins passed Whitburn Obs by 10am today. It was a packed obs with the cream of north east sea watchers lured out of bed by a north easterly wind. Of note were Saint Mark and his dad the Sheriff of Nottingham and Stevie Thunder, Stoney was in the house. I said early on i wasn't expecting much and sadly i was right. My obs year list moved to 90, the local Grey Partridge had returned and were calling as i unlocked the obs door. This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 14 th February 06.55-10.00 NE2-3

Common Gull 17n 12s
Fulmar 132n
Black h Gull 13n 87s
Golden Plover 600n
Puffin 2n 1s
Common Scoter 6n 2s
Kittiwake 32n 1s
Eider 7n 1s
Scan Herring Gull 4n
Velvet Scoter 1n
Gannet 3n 1s
Shag 5s
Red th Diver 1n 4s
Razorbill 3n 1s
Red br Merganser 1n
Redshank 1n
Cormorant 3n
Porpoise 2n