Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Big feet big.........

26 Sooty Shearwaters and 32 Bonxies passed Whitburn Obs by midday. Yesterdays sea watch was nothing special so with similar conditions but a stronger wind i didn't expect much. How wrong i was, the Sootys started to move and a few giving fantastic close views and then my first Bonxies north were a flock of 7...
Star bird was a Great northern Diver going north at just the right distance to enjoy it in perfect light, delicious.It had massive feet and as they say big feet big bird. The Tuesday gang were in and saw a few of the birds i called but missed both cracking Long tailed Ducks one very close in and both moving fast.
This is what i saw in order of appearance

Tuesday 11th October 07.00-12.00 ENE3-4 cloud 8/8

Black h Gull 96n 8s
Common Gull 93n 10s
Gannet 597n
Sooty Shearwater 26n
Bonxie 28n 4s
Eider 10n
Red th Diver 13n 5s
Puffin 3n 1s
Wigeon 101n 12s
Pom Skua 2n (1 ad)
Little Gull 5n ads
Bar t Godwit 1n
Teal 8n
Pintail 2n
Manxie 6n 1s
Curlew 1n
Fulmar 1s
Arctic Skua 4n 2s
Arctic Tern 1n
Goosander 1s
Common Scoter 10n 2s
Long tailed Duck 2n drks
Great n Diver 1n still in sum plum ish
Med Gull 1n ad
Shag 1n