Sunday, 15 May 2011

Birding Update

A trip into the Cheviots produced some year ticks in the form of 4 Ring Ouzels, at least 3 pairs of Whinchats, several Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipit and Cuckoo. Those bare facts don't do justice to a great morning's birding in one of Northumberland's best locations, throw in Redstarts, Dippers, Grey Wagtails, Common Buzzards and Green Woodpecker and you begin to get a fuller picture.

A coastal search for waders on Friday afternoon in good company added a Wood Sandpiper at Beadnell Flash as well as some good views of Little Terns on the beach at the Long Nanny as well as several hundred Arctic Terns. A Greenshank was down the channel at Warkworth Gut as ADMc and I investigated the new scrapes there and further south a Little Ringed Plover was north of the causeway at Cresswell Pond.
No less than 3 different Marsh Harriers were encountered during the day as we moved from north to south, an adult male and two females.

This morning a shorter trip to the Wansbeck produced two Bullfinch in scrub along the north bank; between 40-50 Common Swift lived up to their name along the river; another Greenshank was the sole wader on the estuary in a quiet morning's stroll.

Some seawatching weather would be nice...

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