Saturday, 26 March 2016

Simply the best....

Iceland Gull and 93 Whooper Swans passed Whitburn Obs by 11am today. Saint Mark and Boy Wonder joined me on a day when the obs was simply the best place to be. Its brass monkeys and blowing a hooley and sea watching paid off with year ticks galore and quality birds. St Mark was in great form but all the team contributed to a memorable sea watch. My obs list leapt to 105 species
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 26th March 05.40-11.00 S4 then 5 full cloud cover

Common Gull 78n 15s
Alba Wagtail 2n 5s
White Wagtail 1s
Eider 21n 5s
Common Scoter 41n 33s
Black h Gull 2n 72s
Curlew 25n 3s
Gannet 132n 10s
Shag 6n 1s
Red br Merganser 1n 3s
Porpoise 1s
Red th Diver 1s
Merlin 1in/off north at 06.30
Black th Diver 1n
Redshank 1s
Gadwall 1s
Goosander 1n 2s
Shelduck 3n 4s
Whooper Swan 93n (19,13,17,19,25)
Pink footed Goose 2s
Iceland Gull 1n ad
Meadow Pipit 33 in off
Sand Martin 1n
Scaup 1n f
Fieldfare 1 in off
Turnstone 7s
Sandwich Tern 1s