Wednesday, 31 August 2016

When i'm calling youuuuu......

Pom Skua and a Green Sandpiper passed Whitburn Obs by 08.15 this morning. Even on a sea watch bird calls are important, often its the call that alerts you to a wader passing and today we had a few. A knot going north was picked up after hearing its flute like call and later a Green Sandpiper called as it nearly flew into the obs.Curlew, Turnstone and Ringed Plover all joined our calling birds today. It would be nice to hear an Avocet in the morning....
I had to leave early for my last day at work to hand over my car and other stuff, i missed a close in Cory's going south which was a shame, i think it's called sod's law. Magic Mark and myself started at first light and Stoney was in the house and it was a pretty good watch the only down side being the heat haze
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Wednesday 31st August 05.50-08.15 S1-2 cloud 6/8

Curlew 14n 5s
Black h Gull 5n 18s
Common Scoter 37n 6s
Golden Plover 3n 3s
Sandwich Tern 6s
Common Gull 2s
Shag 2s
Common Tern 13n 170s
Red th Diver 3n 4s
Teal 10n 1s
Arctic Skua 1n 7s
Manxie 1n 35s
Dunlin 3s
Turnstone 2s
Whimbrel 3s
Arctic Tern 6s
Redshank 10s
Knot 1n
Green Sandpiper 1s
Pom Skua 1n ad
Peregrine 1s juv
Ringed Plover 1s

AAAAgggggghhhhhhhhh, thats the call of a birder who has dipped a Cory's