Saturday, 12 March 2016

Spring is in the air......

2 Iceland Gulls and 73 Whooper Swans passed Whitburn Obs by 11 o'clock this morning. I was joined by Magic and Saint Mark, Pink Floyd and the on form Boy Wonder who called both Iceland's. Spring has arrived the sun shone Whoopers and Pinks moved north, Skylarks and Wagtails south, add to that a bit of wildfowl movement and you get a cracking sea watch.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 12th March 06.00-11.00 S2 early mist, broken cloud

Black h Gull 35n 156s
Common Gull 1n 20s
Red th Diver 2n 5s
Eider 13n 21s
Cormorant 17n 23s
Gannet 8n 1s
Common Scoter 11n 4s
Ringed Plover 4n
Whooper Swan 73n (28,1,14,17,13)
Shelduck 4n 2s
Turnstone 11n 8s
Pied Wagtail 1s
Pintail 1s
Greylag Goose 2n
Goosander 3n
Iceland Gull 2n (ad and 2nd w)
Skylark 1s
LBBGull 1n 1s
Purple Sandpiper 1s
Shag 3n
Wigeon 1s
Grey Wagtail 1s
Porpoise 1
Gadwall 2s
Pink footed Goose 195n (65,130)