Friday, 15 April 2016

Terned out well

The dire Spring weather continues. Got my arse out of bed and was at Whitburn Obs for 06.30 for my first seawatch for a while. It didn't disappoint, with Sandwich, Arctic and Common Tern with Manx Shearwater joining the year list. A bonus 2 Ring Ouzel were around the manure heap, inland of the Obs.

Sandwich Tern    27n  61s
Eider    9n  2s
Gannet    48n  1s
Shelduck    4n  7s
Red-throated Diver    3n  4s
Arctic Tern    6n
Common Tern    1n  1s
Bonxie    1n
Puffin    1n
Red-breasted Merganser    2n
Goosander     3s
Carrion Crow    12s
Shag    1n  1s
Manx Shearwater    1n
Common Scoter    23s
Goldeneye    5s

Back in Gateshead the afternoon rain dropped some birds. 2 Ring Ouzel flew north over Burdon Moor where there were also 2 Wheatear. At Lamesley there were 100+ Swallow and Sand Martin, but the star was a smart Yellow Wagtail along with 4 White Wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail
Wednesday gave a brief Ring Ouzel at Burdon Moor, plus Pink-footed Goose and White Wagtail at Lamesley.

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