Thursday, 2 November 2017

One hundred and eighty........

Grey Phalarope and 3 Great Northern Divers went north at Whitburn Obs this morning. Fos joined me and later the Pie and pea brigade...Stoney was in the house,  and following yesterdays year tick today got a County tick in Grey Phal. The wind was still a little northerly as it had been overnight and hopes were high after the top birds we saw following the last north wind. Sadly our hopes faded as the watch progressed but had a late sting in the tail when i called the Phalarope. It was a late call as i did not see the bird until it was north of straight out but thankfully some got on it and Rob found it on the sea for his County tick. My Obs year list hit 180....One hundred and eighty...
This is what we saw in order of appearance

Thursday 2nd November 06.50-10.35 NW2 8/8 then 4/8

Common Scoter 43n 9s
Guillemot 1199n (but no little ones today)
Eider 4s
Red th Diver 14n 10s
Black h Gull 141n 31s
Common Gull 35n 6s
Cormorant 10s
Redshank 1n 1s
Dunlin 18n
Puffin 1n
Great Northern Diver 3n (one still in sum plum)
Grey Heron 2n 1s
Porpoise 1n 1s
Velvet Scoter 2n 2s
Little Gull 5n(4ads)
Shag 10s
Curlew 2n
Turnstone 2s
Golden Plover 6n
Wigeon 24n
Skylark 5
Grey Phalarope 1n 09.30