Friday, 13 December 2013

Hating Christmas

December is sticking to the script of recent years as we charge headlong toward another Christmas with my birding coming in snatched short sessions between children's parties, football sessions and school performances and fairs.

Newbiggin this morning in an un-seasonally warm SSW breeze was a continuation of a relatively quiet and settled period. A few Red-throated Divers both on the sea and in the air were the only birds of note offshore. A single Rock Pipit around the north side of Church Point.
The rising tide had pushed some of the Redshanks into the south bay and I counted 85 roosting in front of the Maritime Centre. Earlier in the week I had a flagged/colour-ringed Sanderling in the north bay but today I was a little more surprised to see a colour-ringed Oystercatcher in the south bay.
A quick check tonight revealed my Oyc had been ringed on the small island of Padda just south of Oslo, Norway in July and had moved 898km to be on the beach at Newbiggin.

Inland I pottered around the south pool at Woodhorn putting up four Reed Buntings close to Summerhouse Lane Pond and then picking out six Mediterranean Gulls on the south pool, four adults and two 1st-winters. Six Gadwall were also on the south pool, first I've seen for a few weeks.

Back to the car and around to look through the geese beside the church pool, the three adult Greenland White-fronted Geese were still around, two Pink-feet also amongst the Greylags and Canadas. And that was that.

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