Saturday, 16 July 2016

Swiftly moving on.......

Adult Long tailed Skua went south past Whitburn Obs this morning. I called the Skua and Stoney was quickly onto it and we could see it was an adult Long Tail but it dropped onto the sea so views were not as prolonged as we would have liked, however 25minutes we picked it up again as it had got up off the sea and watched it with Kittiwakes. The main feature of the morning before the excitement of the Skua was the southerly movement of swifts. We don't log a lot as they tend to move behind us so 125 south was mega. Boy Wonder and Pink Floyd joined us after the excitement and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 16th July 04.35-10.00 W2 then 3-4 cloud 2/8

Gannet 29n 79s
Manxie 3n 2s
Swift 125s
Redshank 10n 5s
Common Gull 4n 15s
Common Scoter 147n 31s
Sand Martin 25s
Sandwich Tern 9n 34s
Curlew 1n 5s
Arctic Tern 5n 40s
Shoveler 4n
LBBGull 3s inc 2nd sum
Black h Gull 3n 6s
Puffin 5n 5s
Shag 1n
Golden Plover circa 450s
Turnstone 1n 1s
Ringed Plover 1n
Common Tern 2n 10s
Teal 27n
Long tailed Skua ad 1s 06.10-06.35
Red th Diver 1s
Whimbrel 1n 1s
Kestrel 1s
Dunlin 1n 1s
Grey Heron 2n
Common Sandpiper 1s
Bar tailed Godwit 1n