Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Started the day with a seawatch at Whitburn which was dominated by a massive movement of Teal, but had highlights of Red-necked Grebe, Sooty Shearwater and Velvet Scoter.


Teal    1700n 
Wigeon    60n
Bonxie    4n  1s
Common Tern    70n
Manx Shearwater    22n  1s
Common Scoter    268n  105s
Arctic Skua    7n  4s
Sparrowhawk    1n
Turnstone    1n
Red-throated Diver    2 on sea  1n  1s
Puffin   1n
Sooty Shearwater    1n
Sandwich Tern    2n  3s
Velvet Scoter    1n
Red-necked Grebe    1n
Whimbrel    5s

After the seawatch it was up to Whitburn CP for the Greenish Warbler. After a 20 min wait the bird showed well, feeding along the south edge of the big mound. I hit lucky, as after this performance the bird did not show again. The only other migrant was a calling Chiffchaff, while a Sparrowhawk made frequent passes.

Greenish Warbler

Back in Gateshead Burdon Moor was very quiet while Shibdon held 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 9 Shoveler and 1 Kingfisher. A Migrant Hawker was zipping about in front of the hide.

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