Saturday, 25 February 2012


Two hours at Stag Rocks this morning failed to deliver a Black Guillemot but there was plenty to keep the brain occupied. Eight Slavonian Grebes including a party of five that sailed around the rocks and along the beach no more than 30m out were smart as were at least as many Long-tailed Ducks, particularly the males. All the auks appeared to be Razorbills.
Ten Pale-bellied Brent Geese trundled north as did 2 Canada Geese but the major movement of the morning was of Skylarks with 94 counted over two hours moving north/north-west. 244 Herring Gulls loafed in the fields behind the dunes.
Caught up with the wintering Greenshank in Budle Bay and took the time to count the Shelduck with 124 present. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull bathed with a small flock of predominantly adult Herring Gulls, one of which had a dark eye.
Further north at Loanend I happened upon a big bunting flock, whilst out searching for buntings; mainly Yellowhammers (c.150), I also counted 22 Tree Sparrow and a small number of Reed Buntings.

Wednesday I found a couple of Red-legged Partridge near Tritlington whilst out looking for things other than Red-legged Partridge. Also noted three Ringed Plovers 'inland' at Stobswood, along with 4 Oystercatchers, my first of either species away from the coast this year.

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