An unexpectedly brilliant seawatch from Whitburn today. There's not usually much on a light southerly, but from word go today there was a huge movement of birds. The first half of the watch was made up of bulk with loads of Gannet, Kittiwake and ducks with a few good birds thrown in. The second half was all quality. We were waiting for a Cory's Shearwater that never made it past Hartlepool, but we scored with our own, lolloping slowly north at 11.20 and tracked all the way up past Northumberland.
The next star was a Black Guillemot that whirred north inside the flags. Unfortunately too close for Peter, who was looking too far out as it went under our noses.
The first Red-necked Grebe of the year then went north along with a Pomarine Skua. Along with these were plenty of Arctic Skua, a few Bonxie and loads more ducks, including Gadwall and Velvet Scoter. Full results here.
A text from George to say 28 Black-tailed Godwit had dropped into Shibdon. Still there tonight, but still no Ruff or better.