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Shearwater Estate, Whitburn List (2 Viewers)

Mark Harper

World Birder
Heard Yellow-browed Warbler from the garden, but still not seen so left off the list for now. Did however get to add another today.

86. Redpoll
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
A big fall of birds on Saturday resulted in plenty of Goldcrests in the garden and a few Brambling, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps. I hoped for something good, but the only addition to the list was something that I somehow manager to miss last winter.

87. Fieldfare
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Enjoying the change of the clocks so I can have a 15 minute seawatch before work and today turned up a new species for the list.

89. Goldeneye
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
It seems a long time since the last addition to the list, but I got one eventually. Whooper Swans pass regularly at this time of year, over 300 so far this year by Whitburn Obs, so it was only a matter of time before I connected from home and a flock of 17 went past this morning.

90. Whooper Swan
 

MKinHK

Mike Kilburn
Hong Kong
Some cracking birds in what must be an excellent location!

Would be great to see a pic of the view you have over the sea to get some context.

Cheers
Mike
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Would take a photo but currently birding in Sumatra. It is a small gap through houses, which gives one scopes width view.
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
A shot of the garden and the view showing the small gap through which I can see the sea. Also a picture of the mega that awaited me when I got home from work yesterday and was around again this morning.

91. Turtle Dove
 

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Mark Harper

World Birder
If you look in the first picture in post 48 you can just make out a large nest in a tree above next doors conservatory. This appeared whilst I was on holiday and I had been wondering what was responsible. I got my answer today and it was a garden tick.

92. Moorhen
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Was watching a Peregrine over the garden when 4 Geese flew over, having seen over 100 Canada's passing within 500 metres of the house this morning that is what I was expecting these to be, but not this time.

93. Greylag Goose
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Missed a Long-tailed Skua that was seen from Whitburn Obs this morning, but was able to add a bird to the house list with a little help from those in the Obs.

95. Scaup
 
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Mark Harper

World Birder
Have been putting in some effort to get Roseate Tern or Balearic Shearwater on the list, no luck so far, but did manage to add a bird in the garden this morning.

96. Bullfinch
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Getting close to 100 species, so was reviewing targets yesterday and realised I had missed Cormorant off the list and I see these most days. Still some relatively easy species to get, Long-tailed Tit stands out, as something I should get in the garden. A few easy ducks still needed, Red-breasted Merganser and Long-tailed Duck stand out as species I see regularly off the coast, but most seem to fly quite close in and perhaps too close to be seen from the house.

97. Cormorant
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Was hoping for something good with the strengthening northerly winds and managed to pick up an addition this morning flying high rather than being too close and out of sight.

98. Red-breasted Merganser
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Well I didn't have long to ponder on what the 100th species would be, as this mornings seawatch sorted it out.

100. Pintail
 

Mark Harper

World Birder
Hoping for a Yellow-browed Warbler, as they seem to be everywhere at the moment and so far it is a heard only garden bird. Did however get a flyover tick.

101. Rock Pipit
 

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