Friday, 28 September 2012


Working on Wednesday meant I was restricted to picking up stuff from the 'office' window, top birds of the day were two Jays that moved east along the hedge. It's interesting that further south many observers are noting significant movements of Jays with some parties well into double figures being counted from viz mig watch-points.
After that a single House Martin and a Chiffchaff through the garden for the 'visitors' and a Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush and juvenile male Bullfinch for the residents.
Post-work I managed a quick wander across the golf course at Newbiggin, a single Snow Bunting at Beacon Point that had been picked up by a couple of birders earlier and a Redstart

Yesterday I spent most of the day around Woodhorn and Newbiggin trying to pick up what was left of the migrants generated by the recent easterlies. Woodhorn hedge still held Redstart and a couple of Blackcaps, a Spotted Flycatcher was a patch year tick and did it's level best to avoid being seen by remaining high in sycamores over the railway line. A locustella warbler dived from the hedge into nettles on the railway line never to re-appear.

More Redstarts in the ash lagoon scrub and around the gorse, there were probably somewhere in the region of 10 around including a couple of males. The previous day a 1st-winter Red-breasted Flycatcher had been seen on the ash lagoon scrub, apparently found by a couple of Cumbrians (so much for border controls!) I was lucky enough to pick it up again today as it fed on a bit of a circuit between two scrub patches. Difficult to get anything from the footpath and on manual focus, despite trying...

A Grey Wagtail flew south calling just as the Red Kite Monitoring Team arrived en masse, sadly not bringing any Red Kites with them. I continued north, 2 Whinchats flycatching from the central scrub, more Redstarts and a 1st-winter male Stonechat in the gorse were about all I could add, though the latter was my first Stonechat at Newbiggin this year as they haven't bred since the two cold winters drastically reduced their numbers.

Out on the golf course the rain has left some nice puddles in places and a few common waders were sat about including 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a couple of Knot.

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