Friday, 10 March 2017

Whoopers Whooping.....

 190 Whooper Swans went north passed Whitburn Obs this morning a new record day count beating the previous record of 138 on the 26th March 2016. When the first 10 went north at 07.05 i tweeted a big movement could be on the cards with a fresh southerly blowing and I'm happy to say i was right. I was on my own most of the watch but luckily Unlucky Dave called in on his way to Jackies Beach and saw a couple of herds go up. Even better he logged the last group of 62 that broke the record after i had left for the day. Maybe more will be seen as the crab sandwich boys hadn't arrived when i left and they like to have lunch in the Obs.
It was all about the Whoopers today the last group of 40 were right overhead and were whooping. I had tried to get video earlier but the poor light made it difficult to focus, tho i did get a little of the last group see if you can pick out the Bewick's.......
This is what i saw in order of appearance

Friday 10th March 06.20-10.30 S3 cloud 8/8

Cormorant 14n 19s
Canada Goose 3s
Common Scoter 5n 11s
Fulmar 36n 3s
Razorbill 20n
Common Gull 22n 65s
Red th Diver 4n 14s
Kittiwake 118n 26s
Guillemot 10n 1s
Gannet 3n 1s
Black h Gull 15n 45s
Grey Wagtail 1s
Porpoise 3n
Eider 20n
Shag 3n
Whooper Swan 190n (10,32,4,20,22,40,62)