Monday, 15 August 2016

Shear heaven...

Balearic and 168 Manx Shearwaters passed Whitburn Obs in four hours this morning. Stoney was in the house and in flat calm conditions we had a cracking watch with loads of birds offshore. It was our first Med type Shearwater of the season and hopefully more will follow after a quiet year in 2015.
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Monday 15th August 05.05-09.05 SW1-2 cloud 6/8

Curlew 2n
Turnstone3n 3s
Common Tern 37n 43s
Oyster Catcher 31s
Teal 30n 2s
Black h Gull 1n 2s
Redshank 36n 96s
Dunlin 8n 16s
Sandwich Tern 17n 7s
Manxie 98n 70s
Porpoise 6n
Arctic Skua 1n
Shag 3n 1s
Velvet Scoter 1n 2s
Sanderling 10s
Ringed Plover 1n 20s
Shelduck 2n
Balearic Shearwater 1n 06.35
Shoveler 3n
Arctic Tern 30n 8s
Eider 1n
Peregrine 1s juv
Great crested Grebe 1n
Common Sandpiper 1n