Saturday, 10 September 2016

Almost, but not quite.....

Long tailed Skua , 2 Med Gulls and 8 Brent Geese passed Whitburn Obs by 10.30 this morning. The sea was a lovely grey colour but with full cloud cover it was dark for distance id, and at times we were frustrated. It could have been a mega watch, possible Little Shearwater was reported going south distantly with Manxies and a Balearic was reported heading north from the snook but sadly we didn't nail either bird.
This is what we did see in order of appearance

Saturday 10th September 06.00-10.30 W1-2 cloud 8/8

Cormorant 41n 379s
Black h Gull 63n 45s
Bar tailed Godwit 1n 1s
Grey Heron 1n 3s
Teal 43n 60s
Sandwich Tern 23n 40s
Redshank 7n 8s
Manxie 6n 7s
Red th Diver 4n 18s
Common Tern 113n 22s
Knot 3n
Common Gull 7n 14s
Common Scoter 34n 11s
Turnstone 3n 3s
Ringed Plover 14n
Sanderling 2s
Dunlin 5n 3s
Shag 2n 3s
Brent Goose 8n pb
Shelduck 5s
Redpoll 1s
Arctic Tern 1n 1s
Rock Pipit 2s
Eider 3s
Long tailed Skua 1s juv 08.10
LBBGull 2n 1s
Med Gull 2s both juvs
Curlew 1s
Meadow Pipit 23s although many were reported by others they were behind us
Grey Wagtail 1s
Pied Wagtail 6s
Porpoise 2n 1s