Saturday, 12 November 2016

When they were up they were up.....

Arctic Tern and Jack Snipe passed Whitburn Obs on an exciting sea watch this morning. Stevie Makem was in and he usually times it right so along with Saint Mark we enjoyed a real good mix up, 
Stoney was in the house. It was like the Grand Old Duke of York nursery rhyme trying to direct folk onto the incoming migrants some times they were up then they were down and sometimes...

On a nothing wind with no expectations we were all royally entertained, loads of ducks a few waders and lots coming in off,  Stevie Thunder would have loved it. Sergent Wilson joined us late on and kept his eye on the normal passing birds as we tracked down the in offs
It all fell apart when news of a Yellow browed came through from Adam Ant as we all bailed out just in case...

This is what we saw in order of appearance

Saturday 12th November 06.55-11.25 S2-3 cloud 8/8

Common Gull 2n 32s
GBBGull 435s
Black h Gull 11n 33s
Cormorant 6n 8s
Scan Herring Gull 2s
Common Eider 28n 4s
Goldeneye 2n 3s
Teal 19n 226s
Snipe 1s
Starling 17 in off
Pintail 1s
Shelduck 27n 22s (beating the previous best November day count of 30)
Red th Diver 7n 21s
Common Scoter 16n 2s
Fieldfare 22 in off
Red br Merganser 1n 3s
Redwing 8 in off
Wigeon 7n 16s
Curlew 2n 2s
Redshank 7s
Mallard 3s
Brent Goose pb 7 into obs field
Lapwing 3 in off
Long tailed Duck 3n
Bar tailed Godwit 4s
Knot 4s
Pochard 3s
Shag 1s
Golden Plover 1n
Tufted Duck 8s
Bunting sp 2 in off
Woodcock 2 in off
Jack Snipe 1s
Arctic Tern 1s
Dunlin 6s
Skylark 1 in off
Grey Heron 1s
Turnstone 1n
Brent Goose 1n db