Thursday, 20 March 2014

March 11th-20th

20th Woodhorn Flashes: Blowing a hoolie, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the south side, 2 Shelducks flew over...
Linton (nr): For the second consecutive March a fairly early Green Sandpiper on a small flash; also c.700 Golden Plovers in one of the turbine fields.

19th Plessey Woods: Fed up with westerlies I sought the shelter of woodland along the River Blyth. Bubo and I walked from Hartford Bridge to the East Coast viaduct (c.2km?), two Dippers were new additions to the 10km from home list, two Grey Wagtails nearby. Five Chiffchaffs singing, a drake Goosander on the river, Jay, Buzzard, four Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Buzzard made for a steady if unsurprising morning.

18th Newbiggin: Three adult Shags flew north, two adult Med Gulls around, five Grey Plovers still in the north bay.

17th Newbiggin/Woodhorn: Single Lesser Black-backed Gulls over Woodhorn then past Church Point were new for the year. A Chiffchaff briefly sang a the sun threatened in the churchyard and five Redwings flew east.

14th Newbiggin/Woodhorn: A much more productive morning, overcast with little wind until later. A Goldcrest in the Woodhorn hedge was new. Further south a single Redwing was in another hedge-line; this and later a group of six Blackbirds suggested some 'staging'. 
Six Common Snipe flushed from marshy ground followed by one then a second Jack Snipe. As the second one flew my first singing Chiffchaff sparked up nearby, I had a second non-singing bird later in a hawthorn behind the south pool.
A look on the sea produced little, a single Red-throated Diver and small numbers of auks moving south, perhaps 20-30 over 30 minutes.
At Spital Burn a male Linnet, took me until April last year to find one in the patch boundaries.

Bothal Pond: A good Jackdaw count with a minimum of 202 late morning. Also first signs of Pied Wagtail passage with 10 spread around the shore.

12th Newbiggin/Woodhorn: A good walk around with ADMc today, not too much seen, 3-4 Mediterranean Gulls in fields around the flashes. Two Bullfinches in hedge near the Mound. At least nine Grey Plovers still at Beacon Point and 4 Rock Pipits.

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