Tuesday, 5 January 2016


The rain and easterlies continue. A lie-in and horrendous traffic meant a late start for my seawatch from Whitburn. It was back row seats again, with the front row drenched from the driving rain, but despite mediocre visibility we had some decent birds. Velvet Scoter was the only year tick, but a distant Skua that had to go down as Skua sp. was most probably a Pomarine.


Gannet    7n   3s
Common Scoter    11n   1s
Kittiwake    40n   4s
Little Gull    2n   8s
Little Auk    10n
Goldeneye    10n   1s
Red-throated Diver    9n   2s
Shag    1n   1s
Velvet Scoter    6n
Eider    3n
Wigeon    1n
Bonxie     1n
Mallard    2n
Teal    1n
Skua Sp.    1n

Again I had no luck with the Green-winged Teal at an ever expanding Boldon Flats pond.

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