Sunday, 19 September 2010


With my shift today being a late one, I managed a few hours at Newbiggin this morning. Two Lapland Bunting flushed from the path to Beacon Point, flew high south before returning and heading into the centre of the golf course. A Yellow Wagtail came in-off and pipits were very much in evidence with the first Rock Pipits of the autumn;  three, feeding in the foot high seaweed deposits left during the week. Several Meadow Pipit on passage too.

Rock Pipit (top) Meadow Pipit (bottom)

Offshore 17 Pale-bellied Brent Goose moved north, again my first of the Autumn; two Sandwich Tern south; good numbers of Kittiwake and Gannet moved north , most at distance.
I settled down to try and photograph the Turnstone, Dunlin and Sanderling that were mixing it on the seaweed with the pipits and the odd Wheatear. As usual it didn't take long before a dog appeared and checked me out, barking as it left, thankfully it didn't piss on me which they have a habit of doing. Another birder adopted some interesting field-craft, walking directly above me along the low bank on the skyline with predictable results.

Four 1st-winter Mediterranean Gulls were spread amongst a few Black-headed as I walked back along the beach. One of the Meds was colour ringed, (white LDE); this would appear to be a juvenile ringed at De Kreuper Island, Holland on 24/06 and previously spotted at Newbiggin on 22/08 (per STH). This was to be one of two colour-ringed birds this morning with a Kittiwake on the south beach also displaying a fine set of five rings, details are awaited. A further eight Mediterranean Gulls were at the north end of the south beach.
A brief few minutes at Woodhorn produced little except a few Chiffchaff, including a particularly scruffy looking individual; a Wren posed well for me amongst the autumn hips.


John Hague said...

You didn't say anything about your drink problem Alan... trying to hide your empties behind a Rock Pipit is never a good idea...

alan tilmouth said...

I'm building a fine collection of wildlife and beer cans for a future photographic exhibtion provisionally entitled 'Wildlife or Wild Life?" It's intended as a social commentary on the evils of drink and to spark the younger generation into considering a return to a more genteel set of values where beer belonged in pubs and you'ld be tripping over Corn Buntings on the way home from the pit after a 20 hour shift.