Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Birding

That's right, brushed off the dust and managed at least 1 hour plus birding today, although most of this was simply on the way to work. I drove past Hauxley NR and along the back of the dunes into Amble with the intention of picking up on BB's Med Gull and after stopping to view the fields behind the dunes, picked my way through 10 Ringed Plover in case there was a Little amongst them.
Got to Amble Littleshore and found not one but two Med Gull with the adult joined by a 3cy bird.
Turning into Lesbury noted a Common Buzzard hovering near the railway viaduct. I dropped down to Duchess Bridge at Alnmouth where the flood defences have come down and created some salt marshy type habitat and had a small flock of Reed Bunting, that have been around most of the winter months and two Common Stonechat, although the Twite that were around were absent. Later a brief look on the estuary after the tide had turned had two striking male Red Breasted Merganser opposite the Alnmouth Boatyard.

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