Monday, 16 January 2017

Is the tide coming in....

Glaucous Gull and little else passed Whitburn Obs by 10 o'clock this morning. The juv Glauc brings our tally to 12 just 4 short of a new record of birds seen in a year. Now that might sound like a sure thing as its only the 16th Jan but keep in mind i didn't see one until the 5th of November last year...the tap can turn off.
A well known local sea watcher always asks within minutes of arriving 'is the tide coming in', i wont name him but lets just say his other catch phrase is 'couldnt have been nowt else'. I mention this as at one point this morning the waves were crashing in and i wondered.....
It wasn't but i had a chuckle
This is what i saw in order of appearance

Monday 16th January 08.00-10.10 NW2 cloud 8/8 rain mist drizzle yuk

Black h Gull 12n 30s
Cormorant 1n 4s
Common Gull 10n 7s
Fulmar 31n 4s
Scan Herring Gull 8n 2s
Glaucous Gull 1n juv 08.35

Shag 1n 1s
Red th Diver 2n
Gannet 6n
Wigeon 3n