Sunday, 22 November 2015

Great Northern

Another superb seawatch this morning from Whitburn. The wind dropping off, but still northerly, so bringing an excellent selection of birds. The highlight was the new record of 17 Great Northern Diver that all flew north.


Common Scoter    112n   7s
Goldeneye    24n   2s
Little Auk    85n
Wigeon    132n   1s
Red-throated Diver    46n   20s
Long-tailed Duck    15n
Dunlin    250+ n
Velvet Scoter    6n
Fulmar    40n   42s
Manx Shearwater    5n
Kittiwake    69n   29s
Eider    13n   4s
Great Northern Diver    17n
Short-eared Owl    1 in off
Shag    1n   38s
Knot    7n
Bar-tailed Godwit    1n
Sanderling    3n
Pomarine Skua    2n
Teal    106n
Red-breasted Merganser    7n
Shelduck    17n
Grey Plover    1n
Tufted Duck    8n
Pink-footed Goose    100+ s
Iceland Gull    1s
Black-throated Diver    1n
Purple Sandpiper    1n
Brent Goose    2n (1 db & 1pb)
Bonxie    5n
Mallard    25n
Red-necked Grebe    3n
Mediterranean Gull    1s
Pintail   3n
Kingfisher    1n
Goosander    1n
Great-crested Grebe    1n

Short-eared Owl
Long-tailed Duck


  1. As a relative newcomer to birding I look in awe at your sightings. I and a friend have independently obtained the £12 key, but find we are out of our depth when on our own in the hide in the hide. I notice that you are there early(ish) in the morning, and it would be great to share some seawatching with an obvious 'expert'. Do you envisage being there this weekend or do you make a decision based on the weather?

  2. Far from an expert and loads to learn! Not sure if I'm there this weekend, but there are always people there from first light. All birds get shouted out and people will make sure that you get on them.