This morning I went to the Obs and spent four hours birding in a cold northeasterly wind with some hazy sunshine and at times murky conditions out at sea. The 'vis' this morning was quite slow probably as a result of a 'blocking' low pressure system to the south of us. Nevertheless there were a few birds on the move including 64 Swallows, eight Linnets, four Siskins, ten Alba Wags, 17 Goldfinches, seven Lesser Redpolls, a Tree Pipit, a Sand Martin, a House Martin, five Meadow Pipits, seven Pink-footed Geese, twelve Whimbrel (the seven whistler) and three Carrion Crows.
Waders are building up nicely and this morning on the shore were 77 Turnstones and 760 Dunlins. Grounded migrants were just six Wheatears and two White Wagtails.
The main movement at sea consisted of 95 Arctic Terns with a supporting cast of three Red-breasted Mergansers, seven Gannets, 32 Common Scoters, five Sandwich Terns, a Shelduck, a Red-throated Diver, a Guillemot, three Eiders and two Little Gulls. In addition to this there was an Atlantic Grey Seal bobbing around in the surf just off shore.
Atlantic Grey Seal
It's more Newts for my sins this week and it's unlikely that I'll be out birding 'proper' until Friday; eek!