Thursday, 14 April 2016

Wader Wonderland...

28 Black tailed Godwits passed Whitburn Obs by 8am today. I was joined by Magic Mark and we enjoyed a fantastic sea watch with lots of birds moving north close inshore into the northerly wind.Mark picked up the first group of 22 Godwits well out but the second group of 6 were close inshore and even the Razorbills looked up in admiration. Ive been checking the rifle range for a while now looking for an illusive Grey Plover  and did again today and saw a Fox causing havoc with the birds and just then Mark called a Grey Plover going north. I gratefully year ticked it and it makes you wonder was it the same bird thats been avoiding me.
Sadly i had to leave Mark and head to work.....always dangerous
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Thursday 14th April 05.50-08.00 NNW 3 rain and mist at times

Common Gull 105n
Fulmar 129n
Gannet 90n
Scan Herring Gull 1n
Sandwich Tern 11n
Puffin 3n
Curlew 1n 3s
Black h Gull 21n
Shelduck 7n
Sand Martin 2n
Goosander 1n
Black tailed Godwit 28n
Wigeon 3n
Red th Diver 4n
Goldeneye 1s
Swallow 1n
LBBGull 2n
Grey Plover 1n