Monday, 7 September 2015

End of the northerly

The last day of the northerly airflow, so another early seawatch at Whitburn. Again no stand-out rarities, but plenty of Artic Skua and Sooties, plus the first Red-necked Grebe of the autumn. Will be nice to get a lie in tomorrow.


Eider    5s
Sooty Shearwater    18n
Manx Shearwater    18n
Sandwich Tern    19n  21s
Shelduck    2n
Red-throated Diver    13n  8s
Bonxie    9n  1s
Arctic Skua    63n  5s
Dunlin    4n
Common Tern    110n  9s
Common Scoter    70n
Gadwall    1n
Grey Wagtail    1n  2s
Turnstone    1n
Peregrine  1n
Teal    113n
Wigeon    21n
Pomarine Skua    3n
Roseate    1 feeding offshore
Little Gull    6n
Velvet Scoter    1n
Tufted Duck    1n
Red-necked Grebe    1n
Mallard    1n
Swallow    39n

Another look at Kibblesworth brick works gave 3 male and 2 female Black Darter, loads of Common Darter, 3 Southern Hawker, 2 Common Hawker, Blue-tailed and Emerald Damsel. Still a few butterflies out in the sun with Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood.

Black Darter female
Black Darter male
Small Tortoiseshell
A look at Far Pasture failed to turn up a Ruddy Darter, but there were a few Common Darter basking on the fence.

Common Darter


  1. Cracking shots of the Black Darters Rob. If the weather is fine I might try for them after work late this afternoon.

  2. You have to grab it while you can. You can catch up on sleep during the long cold winter days. That's my philosophy, anyway.