Thursday, 21 April 2016

Here comes summer......

Slavonian Grebe went north past Whitburn Obs by 07.15 today. It felt like summer had arrived this morning, bright sun not much wind and a calm sea perfect for seeing Grebes. Slav Grebe is an Obs mega with a couple a year at best so i was well pleased to watch one flying north early morning. A few more Terns are starting to move and with a good mix of wildfowl species thrown in it was a good watch, just the bright sun spoiling it
This is what i saw in order of appearance

Thursday 21st April 05.40-07.15 W1-2 bright sun calm sea

Common Gull 51n 28s
Eider 1n 5s
Sandwich Tern 2n 181s
Black h Gull 1n 1s
Tufted Duck 2s
Shoveler 1n
Slav Grebe 1n 06.08
Common Tern 1n 10s
Arctic Tern 1n 3s
Gannet 6n
Red th Diver 1n
Red br Merganser 2n
Teal 2n
Shelduck 3n
Willow Warbler calling near obs (patch tick)