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Shearwater Estate, Whitburn List (1 Viewer)

Mark Harper

World Birder
Was working from home today and a treat was an Asio owl being chased through the garden by a Magpie, in the very brief initial view I thought it was a Long-eared, but seconds proved it to be a Short-eared.

61. Short-eared Owl
62. Goldcrest
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Quiet in the garden over the weekend, but a call from Mark Newsome got me onto the latest addition as it hung in the air over the coastal park.

63. Common Buzzard
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Eiders have been thin on the ground of late and they often pass so close as to be out of view from the house, so it was good to get 4 passing this morning.

64. Eider
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Didn't manage to connect with any of the Whooper Swans that passed yesterday, but did add one new species.

65. Chaffinch
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
The fog seems to have dropped some birds in, unfortunately I am at work so cannot see them, but advised that Redwing, Fieldfare, Brambling and Pheasant have all put in an appearance in the garden this morning. I have already heard the first three of those, just need to see them myself to add them to the list.
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Fortunately a few bird from yesterday were still around this morning before work.

66. Brambling
67. Redwing
68. Song Thrush
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Hope you are at home today . . . . . . .

Unfortunately not I left for Borneo 2 hours before the Pallid Swifts were seen over the Shearwater Estate. Missed good opportunities for Little Auk too, but at least managed to add Pheasant on my return. Cannot really complain though as Borneo was great with Bornean Ground Cuckoo, 7 Pittas, 5 Frogmouths and many other good birds.

69. Pheasant
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Up to 10 Tree Sparrows in the garden daily at the moment, cleaning out the feeders quite quickly, which today had the advantage of having me restocking the feeders when a Woodcock flew through the garden.

70. Woodcock
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
With the chance of a Little Auk seeming good I spent a couple of hours seawatching from the house this afternoon, which really turned out well. As well as the additions to the list it was great to see a couple of Blue Fulmars and Little Gulls and take my house year list to 35 species.

71. Mallard
72. Brent Goose (Dark-bellied)
73. Shelduck
74. Little Auk
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Had hopes for a new raptor in nice conditions, whilst no such luck a pair of Peregrines overhead was nice. I did however get an addition to the list.

77. Sand Martin
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
A long overdue garden tick this morning, particularly because my parents had seen two in my garden a few weeks ago whilst they were visiting and I was out and about.

78. Siskin
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
The 58th species of the year was a garden tick, well it was actually it was about 500 metres away but seen from the house this morning.

79. Arctic Tern
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
I have been working on improving the garden for wildlife, but it is going to be a long slog. Have taken up nearly 200 paving slabs and now beginning to dig out the hard core underneath. It will be worth it when it is done, but some back-breaking work to be completed before then. Nothing new in the garden, but this morning a brief seawatch added 2 new species.

80. Puffin
81. Ringed Plover
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
An afternoon's gardening really paid dividends today when I saw two interesting birds coming south. Grabbed bins and could immediately see they were the best birds since I moved into the house..

82. Glossy Ibis
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
I missed the Barnacle Geese passing yesterday, but I did manage a flock of around 50 Canada Geese at 9.30pm last night presumably heading to Scotland to moult.

83. Canada Geese
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
It has been a while since the last addition, but the first migrant in the garden at the weekend.

84. Willow Warbler
 

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