Monday, 2 November 2015


Started the day at Whitburn Obs in thick fog. This slowly cleared to give blue sky and a few birds. Highlights were 12 Whooper Swan and a Little Gull south, plus a Bonxie on the sea.

A call from Dave F with a possible Arctic Warbler at Marsden Quarry quickly halted the seawatch. After an hour of searching with nothing other than a couple of Chiffchaff to show for it, it was looking like it had moved through. Thankfully the bird reappeared in small trees at the back of gardens to give tremendous views at close range and the identification confirmed. The bird continued to show, off and on, all afternoon, but sticking to a well leaved sycamore.

Arctic Warbler

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