Monday, 21 November 2016

Double Top.....

Little Auk and Red necked Grebe passed Whitburn Obs by midday on what can only be described as a cracking sea watch. The northerly continued and although we didn't see huge numbers of birds you cant dispute the quality. Any day you see two species of grebe pass the obs is a good day, they are top birds and the Red necked Grebe Rob called was only our fourth of the year. It was odd seeing it fly close to a Guillemot to note how slight it was in comparison. The Peregrine was attempting to catch Auks a couple of miles offshore, it would have been better off reducing our Feral Pigeon population along the shore
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Monday 21st November 07.10-12.00 NE4 cloud 8/8

Common Eider 12n 1s
Common Gull 63n 3s
Black h Gull 54n 6s
Red th Diver 53n 16s
Common Scoter 34n 39s
Golden Plover 300n
Shag 4n 12s
Sparrowhawk 2n
Fulmar 20n 31s
Wigeon 64n
Porpoise 1n
Long tailed Duck 5n
Lapwing 70n
Great Northern Diver 4n
Black th Diver 2n
Med Gull 1n ad
Pom Skua 3n
Velvet Scoter 2
Goldeneye 4n
Cormorant 1n 1s
Bonxie 2n
Great crested Grebe 1n
Peregrine 1n
Little Auk 1n
Red necked Grebe 1n
this one from Seaton Pond