Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sea Action

First port of call today was Druridge Pools, a pair of Pintail the frugal reward. Offshore on a relatively calm sea my first Puffin of the year bobbed around c.500m offshore. Up to seven Red-throated Divers included a smart summer-plumaged individual. I tracked south to Snab Point where a Sandwich Tern moved north mid-afternoon and 6 Purple Sandpipers paddled with Redshanks and Turnstones in a small high tide roost at the south end of Broad Sands.
At Lynemouth Flash a calling Green Woodpecker from the east end of Chugden Wood seemed bizarrely out of place that close to the sea, despite spending some time watching from a couple of vantage points I didn't clap eyes on it. Bothal Pond was unchanged but for a Great crested Grebe. The horse fields to the south had a tidy little passerine flock though, 30 Meadow Pipits, 10 Pied Wagtails and smaller numbers of Reed Bunting and Skylark fed on the close cropped sward.

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