Sunday, 21 August 2016

And for my next trick....

Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher were amongst the tranche of species seen from Whitburn Obs today. Magic Mark the magician conjured up another couple of Obs year ticks for me today with Whinchat on the rifle range and a Spotted Flycatcher perched on the fence close by, well spotted Mark.
My Obs year list has hit 162 the same total as i finished on in my first year in 2013, my target is to beat last years 169
Saint Mark was back from the bird fair and Boy Wonder back from his local mega finds and we did our best but sea birds were hard to nail in bright sun on a westerly, still we did ok and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 21st August 05.20-09.30 W3 cloud 1/8

Black h Gull 4n 25s
Sandwich Tern 115n 37s
Common Gull 1n 17s
Common Tern 16n 136s
Arctic Tern 12n 2s
Curlew 3n
Common Scoter 14n 11s
Redshank 1n 3s
Turnstone 8n 3s
Shoveler 2n
Arctic Skua 1n 4s
Knot 1n 1s
Shelduck 9n 2s
Whimbrel 2n 1s
Manxie 3n 9s
Oystercatcher 18s
Teal 29n 5s
Ringed Plover 1s
Mallard 1s
Porpoise 2n
Dunlin 2n
Black tailed Godwit 3s
Heron 1n 1s
Spotted Flycatcher 1 on fence then obs wall
Swift 4s
Ruff 1s
Willow Warbler 1 in front of obs
Whinchat 1 on rifle range
Yellow Wagtail 1n