Saturday, September 05, 2015

More seawatching.....

Another early start saw me down at Craster for 06.30. Weather wise, the wind was a moderate NW4 with overcast skies and dry. I was a bit paranoid this morning and double checked that I had turned everything off before leaving the car. We dont want a repeat of yesterday's fiasco.

This seawatch seemed quite slow, as usual during this spell but as time wore on, a reasonable tally was accounted for before I packed up to go home for breakfast at 8am.

Red throated Diver 8
Wigeon 46
Pintail 7 including a party of 5 with 12 wigeon, a good total for here.
Greylag 1
Common Scoter 9
Teal 1
Dunlin 25
Knot 25
Turnstone 6
Manx Shearwater 2
Sooty Shearwater 1
Bonxie 6
Arctic Skua 7
Common Tern 2
Razorbill a few specifically identified close in.
Golden Plover 4

All going north.

Whilst this total seems average, note should be made of the birds I didn't count.

Gannet 2000 per hour
Kittiwake 500 per hour
Fulmar 200 per hour
Sandwich Tern 30 per hour
Guillemots 500 per hour

These totals estimated by counting for one minute each and giving a rough multiplication. These species were never out of view, with multiples in the scope at any given time. Its great to see the skies full of birds!


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