Sunday, 22 April 2012

Second Bite of the Cherry

Yesterday evening, circumstances conspired to offer me a second bite of the birding cherry for the day. Under plumbeous grey skies I headed north to a deserted East Chevington. From a decidedly damp underfoot bank the north pool produced 2 Common Terns that were new for the year, 4 Great Crested Grebes, 11 Goldeneyes and what I took to be the same Black-tailed Godwit as I'd spied at Druridge Pools earlier in the day. A single Short-eared Owl skirted the edges, occasionally dropping onto a fencepost, giving me the chance to test the reach of the phone/scope combination once again; this one was at c.300m I reckon.

Behind me a male Wheatear along another fence-line and a male Stonechat on phragmites in the channel.
The south pool was inundated with hirundines c.100 Sand Martins and c.30 Swallows jostling for position. A Sparrowhawk flew south nearby.

Back to Bothal Pond, via Lynemouth Flash where a flock of 28 Linnets were the giddy avian highlight, and a scan around the muddy edges revealed a single Little Ringed Plover whilst in the horse paddocks to the south another Wheatear had been grounded by the showers and was adorning yet another fence post in the distance.

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