Saturday, 1 March 2014

February 2014

26th Beacon Point: Gannet 10 flew north in 30 minutes, Rock Pipit 2, Grey Plover 17+, Purple Sandpiper Cooper's Kennel Field: Shelduck 2 Bothal Pond: Oystercatcher 2, Great Crested Grebe 1, Pochard 5, Goldeneye 2
25th Woodhorn Flashes: Reed Bunting 3, Meadow Pipit 5, Lapwing 33 Church Point: Shelduck 2 flew north, Red-throated Diver
24th Pegswood CP: A day at home waiting for the new car and continuing my attempts to get to grips with the complications of the NTBC records database. Morning dog walk produced some wader movement with first c.120 Golden Plovers flighty and calling, trying to land in the field south of the CP then on the main lake the Oystercatcher count now up to 23. Around 200 Common Gulls on the main lake and 3 Tree Sparrows in the hedge along the track of the old road.
21st Pegswood CP: Reed Bunting and Skylark singing this morning, Goldcrest and 4 Tree Sparrows in the hedges.
16th Newbiggin: Iceland Gull, flew south distantly offshore at 08:45, 2 Little Gulls north, again distant, and a close Shag flew south. Around the Mound, 4 Siskins, 2 Mistle Thrush getting territorial and a Coal Tit. Woodhorn: Tree Sparrow near village, 2 Shelducks and c.1000 Golden Plovers on Ash Lagoons. Pegswood CP: Oystercatchers 12 on west lake, 12 Lapwings in field to north.
14th Newbiggin: Little Gulls 2 flew south (adult and 1st-winter), female Red-breasted Meragnser south and 8 Red-throated Divers south. In the south bay 31 Mediterranean Gulls included 21 adults, 4 2nd-winters and 6 1st-winters. Woodhorn Flashes: Seven Pochard on Church Pool and 3 Curlews on South Pool were the big patch birds.
6th Newbiggin: Wife ill so took advantage of an available car, highlights Little Gull 3, two adults and a 1st-winter, Red-throated Divers 21, Fulmar 1 north.
Beacon Point Grey Plover 21, Purple Sandpiper 1, Bar-tailed Godwit 3, Eider 17 close inshore displaying, Rock Pipits 5.
Druridge Pools (Budge Screen) Pintail 7, Shelduck 3-4, male Stonechat in dunes.
Widdrington Moor Lake: Ringed Plover 1 ( first 'inland' record of the year for me), Red-breasted Merganser 4

4th Pegswood-Longhirst-Ulgham Wood: Tree Sparrow 6 at two sites around Longhirst village, 5 Stock doves in fields to south, Treecreeper at Longhirst & Ulgham Wood, Nuthatch at Longhirst. Willow Tit at Ulgham Wood

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