Tuesday, 14 June 2016

I see no ships.....

2 Roseate Terns and a Bonxie passed Whitburn Obs by 06.15 this morning. Yesterdays sea watch was aborted as it was a pea souper when i arrived at Whitburn,  but today was back to normal with full visibility and 80% cloud cover when i started, birds were moving but then at 05.45 the fog rolled in and i rolled off to work. I couldn't see any ships or Gannets or .....

Lets hope for better at the weekend when the Obs is taking part in bioblitze in conjunction with the National Trust and the Seawatch Foundation. We will be recording birds, cetaceans and anything else that moves. All are welcome and we need to try and have observers to cover all daylight hours if possible on both the 18th and 19th of June. Be warned if your walking down early before the country Park is open as the vegetation along the footpath is very long and can be very wet as Rob will testify. The weather looks good for a seawatch with a light northerly on Saturday and a light southerly on Sunday,  cloud cover both days with no rain forecast so far...looks good

This is what i saw in order of appearance today before the fog rolled in

Tuesday 14th June 04.35-06.15 N2 clear then fog from 05.45

Red th Diver 1n 1s
Gannet 171n 46s
Sandwich Tern 7n 33s
Common Tern 5n
Puffin 4n15s
Common Scoter 42n
Manxie 9n
Arctic Tern 6n
Roseate Tern 2 n
Curlew 9n
Whimbrel 1n
Bonxie 1n
Red br Merganser 1n
Common Gull 2s
Black h Gull 2n
LBBGull 1n
Eider 9n
Swift 2s