Sunday, 11 December 2011

Desert Before Lunch & Extra Beans

For various reasons I've been nowhere near Newbiggin since a certain wheatear arrived. In fact with the new work regime kicking in combined with the onset of school christmas productions I have done little birding. An early evening meal with John Mcloughin  followed by his insightful talk on Birding Morocco was swiftly followed by another day on the Zinc Works Road this time with great company in the form of Tom Mckinney. The gossip for once outshone the birds as gull numbers were generally low and we failed to string see anything.

So this morning I strolled up to Beacon Point at first light, I say light but reality was it was a tad gloomy, especially for getting any images so high ISO and low quality. Feeding well, probably better than it looks as it is a bit grotty in parts, active and enjoyable though on a fairly mild morning.

On the beach south of the point five rather pucker looking Meadow Pipits had replaced last month's Rock Pipit frenzy with only one of the latter keeping the mipits company. I spent a short while at Church Point, the highlight was a toss up between a hunting Peregrine and a (probable) White-beaked Dolphin, though Ashley Howe's hat ran a close third.
On the road home a false start with eight Pink-footed Geese in fields west of Linton before turning up another two Tundra Bean Geese with 26 Whooper Swans in the large field west of Longhirst Flash and only 2km from home. Such a good year for geese, and with a flock of 158 Tundras still at Loch of Strathbeg yesterday there could be more to come in the next few weeks if they filter south.

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