Saturday, 27 August 2016

Pull back and go.......

20 plus White-beaked Dolphins went south past Whitburn Obs early morning. The usual Saturday crowd joined me minus Boy Wonder and Stoney was in the house. Our fantastic run of cetacean sightings continued,as i picked up the Dolphins early on they were distant but gave great views on a dead calm sea. So far this year we have logged 163 Bottlenose on 21 dates (our best ever year) and following todays 20 we have logged 191 White-beaked over18 dates our 3rd best year so far.....
We did ok for birds as well today and by far the most important for me was the Little Egret. When your doing a year list pull backs are special and i missed the previous Egret due to alcohol consumption so when Stoney called his one i was a happy birder thanks Rob
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 27th August 05.40-09.30 W1 cloud 4/8 eventually

Arctic Tern 10n 11s
Ringed Plover 1n 3s
Common Tern 202n 76s
White-beaked Dolphin 20 plus south 05.45-06.45 a couple of mile offshore
Common Gull 1n 1s
Dunlin 2n 59s
Redshank 141s
Red th Diver 6s
Common Scoter 14n
Goosander 7n
Porpoise 4n
Eider 1n 2s
Puffin 1n
Shag 2n 8s
Turnstone 7n 1s
Golden Plover 2s
Black t Godwit 9s
Whimbrel 3s
Wigeon 8n
LBBGull 2n
Shelduck 2n 1s
Wheatear 2 on the fence
Little Tern 1n
Arctic Skuas 1n 1s
Oystercatcher 3s
Curlew 3n
Sandwich Tern 6n 6s
Teal 6n 12s
Little Egret 1n yeahhhhh