Saturday, 2 July 2016

Cetacean city.......

2 pods of White-beaked and a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins passed Whitburn Obs by 09.30 this morning. It was a bit quiet on the bird front as it can be this time of year but never fear its cetacean city in the obs. Magic and Saint Mark were in to enjoy it as well as Boy Wonder and Pink Floyd, Stoney was in the house. So a packed front row enjoyed the show, it was the Bottlenose that won as the White-beaked played hard to get
Video of the Bottlenose Dolphins will be on my youtube channel soon
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday2nd July 04.30-09.30 SW2 cloud 6/8

Common Tern 9n 50s
Sandwich Tern 16n 226s
Gannet 168n 352s
Common Scoter 17n 2s
Puffin 47n 9s
Goosander 1n
05.00-05.20 White-beaked Dolphin 3 went north on the close flag line but kept well down
Red th Diver 1n 3s
Manx Shearwater 5n 10s
Arctic Tern 5s
Curlew 3s
Redshank 1n 2s
Eider 3s
Ringed Plover 1n 3s
06.08-06.15 White-beaked Dolphin a second small pod of 3 plus went north on the close flag line again not showing well
Black h Gull 2n 8s
House Martin 1s
LBBGull 1s
Turnstone 1s
Tufted Duck 1s
Mallard 1n
Knot 1s
Swift 1s
08.15-08.45 Bottlenose Dolphin 20 plus went south close inshore thanks to Jason for the tip off. They gave stunning views as they slowly moved south, and included floppy fin and a Dolphin with a white line on its dorsal fin