Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A blow from the north

Another excellent seawatch from Whitburn helped by the northerlies. A very slow start with rain and mist to the south stopping any movement, but an superb selection once this had cleared. Close views of Sooty Shearwater, Great Northern Diver and Scaup were the highlights, but there were more Skuas and plenty of ducks. Glaucous Gull and Sandwich Tern gave fleeting views. A incoming Blackbird twice landed on the sea as it struggled towards land. It's fate was hidden from view by the hut. Full results here.

Great Northern Diver
Sooty Shearwater
Long-tailed Duck, Wigeon and Teal
On the way back to the car a very tame, fresh-in Chiffchaff was feeding along the fence-line at the south end of the Shearwater Estate. It didn't call, but looked every inch Siberian.

Siberian Chiffchaff

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