Friday, 15 April 2016

Bingo Ringoo....

8 Arctic, 3 Common and 110 Sandwich Terns passed Whitburn Obs by 10.30 this morning. My day started with a Gropper reeling as i entered the Obs and just got better. Stoney was in the house and later unlucky Dave was quite lucky. It turned out to be another bumper day . I went outside for a scan and found a Ring Ouzel sat in a bush by the mounds of dung. Rob and i went to try and get some photos and found a second bird, bingo double ringo. We had our first Arctic Terns of the year and the birds just kept coming, my obs list is on circa 121 for the year.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Friday 15th April 05.50-10.30 NE2 then NW cloud cover calm sea

Grasshopper Warbler 1 reeling on eastern edge of Shearwater Estate
Common Gull 221n 4s
Black h Gull 12n 2s
Fulmar 182n
Gannet 49n 2s
Alba Wagtail 2n
Sandwich Tern 55n 55s
Shelduck 4n 6s
Red th Diver 3n 4s
Sand Martin 4n 2s
Common Tern 2n 1s
Bonxie 1n
Puffin 1n
Ring Ouzel 2
Pied Wagtail 1s
Red br Merganser 2n
Tree Pipit 1s
Goosander 3s
Carrion Crow 12s distant birds over the sea
Scan Herring Gull 1n
Shag 1n 1s
Manxie 1n
Curlew 1n
Swallow 2n
Goldeneye 5s
Wigeon 2n
Sandwich Tern 55n 55s