Saturday, 4 June 2016

Gannets in the mist...

Velvet Scoter and an Arctic Skua passed Whitburn Obs by 10 this morning. The mist and fog meant it was bins only till 8 at least so Magic Mark, Pink Floyd and myself had to do without scopes, Stoney was in the house tho a bit late.We still managed a good variety of birds and a remarkable number of Gannets moving north pushed inshore by the fog.
The flock of Ruff that went north was a new record count for the obs
As we left the Obs we could see loads of Diamondback Moths in the grass and bushes
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 4th June 04.45-10.00 NNW2-3 mist/fog clearing by 08.30 ish

Gannet 521n 2s
Puffin 118n 5s
Common Gull 8n 1s
Sandwich Tern 19n 10s
Fulmar 80n
Common Tern 1n 5s
Tufted Duck 2s
Red th Diver 1n 2s
Teal 13n
Common Scoter 43n
LBBGull 1n
Ruff 25n
Sand Martin 8n
Swallow 8n
Arctic Skua 1n
Shag 1n
Velvet Scoter 1n
Shelduck 5s
Manxie 9n
Dunlin 1n
Swift 2n
Golden Plover 20s