Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Apprentice wanted.....

Balearic Shearwater and a Black throated Diver passed Whitburn Obs by 9am today. Stoney was in the house and we had loads of birds passing, sadly the light conditions were poor with bright sun and thin cloud which is a shame as the birds were first class
From the off Ducks were coming at me from every direction and after Rob arrived we struggled to catch everything, Fos called in and called a mixed flock of ducks well north and high up that we had missed but his stay was brief. It got us thinking we could do with a bins only apprentice to mop up on busy passage days so apply at the obs please :)
We both had other business so it was an early finish and this is what we saw in order of appearance

Tuesday 13th September 06.00-09.00 SSE2 cloud 2/8

Cormorant 15n 217s
Black h Gull 6n 30s
Teal 110n 94s
Common Tern 94n 54s
Wigeon 149n 2s
Pintail 8n
Common Gull 2n 3s
Arctic Tern 2n 5s
Shag 13s
Redshank 7s
Sandwich Tern 3n 7s
Curlew 1n 1s
Manxie 4n 1s
Common Scoter 85n
Shoveler 3n
Red th Diver 3n 7s
Golden Plover 3n
Black th Diver 1s 07.30
Knot 1n 1s
Dunlin 19n 7s
Eider 6s
Sooty Shearwater 1n
Sand Martin 4s
Swallow 15s
Turnstone 2n 2s
Shelduck 15n 2s
Balearic Shearwater 1s 08.00
Bar tailed Godwit 1n
Grey Plover 1s