Saturday, 4 January 2014 Spittal Beach
Guillemot (with some Razorbills in there): in excess of a 400 birds were estimated to pass in a 15 minute period - the vast majority were flying south but many were swimming on the sea or flying north. By the time I left the beach the passage had dwindled but was still probably something like 15 per minute. I have no idea how many were passing before I reached Spittal.
Possibly result of high seas in the N Atlantic and birds being forced to try their luck in the North Sea. Is there enough food?
Red-throated Diver 6 birds on sea and 2 flying north.
Shag approximately 30
Gannet 20 flying south (8 adults)
Sunday, 5 January 2014 Cocklawburn
Numbers of passing Guillemot much reduced but still high: about 200 in 30 minute period.