Sunday, 7 August 2016

Guilty pleasures.....

Storm Petrel and a Roseate Tern went north past Whitburn Obs in 4 hours this morning. I tend to be first in the obs and always feel guilty if i see something decent before other sea watchers arrive. It was no different this morning when a Stormy went north under my nose before it was hardly light and before Saint Mark and Stoney had arrived, sorry...
Otherwise it was a disappointing morning and unbelievably after yesterdays cetaceans none were seen today. Rob called the only Shearwater of the watch in the last 10 minutes and Mark was on form finding the Little and Rosie Terns, a 5 Tern day cant be all bad
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Sunday 7th August 05.00-09.00 WSW 3 cloud 4/8

Common Gull 2n 22s
Storm Petrel 1n 05.08
Curlew 2n
Black h Gull 2n 1s
Redshank 2n
Dunlin 6n 18s
Common Scoter 132n
Common Tern 24n 52s
Teal 26n
Sandwich Tern 160n 178s
Arctic Tern 15n 5s
Shoveler 5n
Gropper still reeling
Ringed Plover 1n 5s
Swift 13s
Knot 1n
Little Tern 1s
Turnstone 1n 1s
Sand Martin 17s
Roseate Tern 1n
Manx Shearwater 1n