Wednesday, 12 September 2012

11 & 12/09

Yesterday I was back at Newbiggin, the golf course held two Wheatears and a single Bar-tailed Godwit was still present. Blackcap and Whitethroat were all I could squeeze from the Ash Lagoon banks. To be honest I timed my visit to do the wader roost at high tide so I didn't give the scrub long.

On Lyne Sands 108 Oystercatchers roosted and at Beacon Point 201 Golden Plovers that I spent some time going through thoroughly after some of the arrivals over the weekend on the west coast. A Great Skua created some havoc as it flew through north. On the rocks at Beacon Point two more Wheatears (or the same two pushed off the golf course by golfers?).

Further north at Lynemouth Flash a good number of Dunlin (61) along with 4 Ringed Plovers and here another White Wagtail amongst the Pied, this one a first-winter individual.

Another drive-by at Cresswell added the second Bonxie of the morning, just to the south in stubble behind the old Drift Inn I stopped to look at a finch flock, c.100 Linnets and c.20 Greenfinches and had the third/fifth Wheatear of the morning feeding in the stubble.

This afternoon I did the high tide roost at Beacon Point again briefly this time without any counts. This evening a quick hour on the beach with the kids at Hadston Carrs where there were good numbers of Black-headed Gulls feeding offshore along with a few Kittiwakes and Sandwich Terns./ The loafing gulls at the outfall pipe included a first-winter Mediterranean Gull.

Oh and almost forgot the cr Herring Gull at the Coquet Estuary on 7th came back from FERA, it was ringed as an adult in March 2005 on Ellington Road Landfill perhaps 21/2 miles from home as the gull flies and hasn't been seen since, getting on for at least 12 years old it's no spring chicken.

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