Friday, 27 September 2013

Dawn till dusk dipping

Started the day at Whitburn Obs at dawn for a pretty quiet sea watch. Bird highlights were Red-necked Grebe, Med Gull, 19 Red-throated Diver, 18 Barnacle Geese and 1 Brent Goose. Just one Manx Shearwater and no Skuas. The best was a pod of 14+ Bottle-nosed Dolphin that spent 30 mins passing south.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin with young

Bottle-nosed Dolphin

The walk back from the Obs to the car gave a calling Yellow-browed Warbler.

Shibdon was similar to yesterday with 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 1 Ruff and a Water Rail. A Buzzard drifted over.

Water Rail
Also dipped Blyth's Reed Warbler, Rustic Bunting, Common Rosefinch and Richard's Pipit. Not a good day!


  1. Good luck with the new blog and hope you have better luck with the birds! Im sure you will :)

  2. Welcome to Blogland Rob, and divvent worry about the dips, on-line the journey is often better reading than the arrival. (ooh a bit philosophical that)

  3. Cheers lads. Just getting my run of dips out of the way before Scilly trip.