Monday, September 10, 2007

Anybody want a scope?

Today the wind gradually increased to a NW5, but it remained suuny and cool.

Late in from work, I didn't get down to Boulmer until 6.30pm where I seawatched until 8pm.

If you go onto the shore at the bottom of the cliff you will find the remains of a Leica scope with tripod shot putted off the seat by a depressed seawatcher!

While the east coast tipped up by the weight of Great Shearwaters along its length I screwed my eye into my scope til it bled with no joy. As darkness fell and I couldn't see for the tears, TAC provided comfort and reassurement, by reminding me that he is off to the caribbean on holiday soon while I gaze out to the east as the nights close in. Oh well there's Christmas shopping to look forward to...

Totals -

Sooty Shearwater 2 N
Manx Shearwater 4 N
Arctic Skua 2 N 4 S
Bonxie 4 N
Red throated Diver 2 S
Great Shearwater 0
Sabines Gull 0
and F'ing Leaches Petrel none of those either...

2 comments:

Martin said...

Be not downhearted young BB. At least you were out watching, unlike I who was stuck on a bus in a traffic jam on the outskirts of Aberdeen. And not a nice outskirt either. Remember everyone else's good birds are stringy. That belief has carried me through many dark times.

Newton Stringer said...

Hey don't worry, there's still some hope.... just looked at the weather and it looks more promising for this weekend seawatching.... All those great shears will be spending the week getting blasted across on strong westerlies, then stiffening northerlies for the weekend !! I hope we'll both be adding Great shear and leach's to the old patch lists !! If it doesn't happen I'll write to the BBC and complain....