Monday, 10 March 2014

March 1st-10th

10th Newbiggin/Woodhorn: Walked to Beacon Point from The Mound, a calm sea with good visibility but little movement. Two Common Scoters north and a Razorbill on the sea the highlights. 12 Grey Plovers still in the Beacon roost and 205 Dunlin with a few Purple Sandpipers. Skylarks (5-6) were prominent on the way back across the moor. Late morning I tried some 'viz mig' from the hill behind Collingwood Road. A single Stock Dove was new for the patch this year, scoped feeding in the field behind the south pool. Raptors to the west included 2 Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks and 3 sml unidentified raptors 'thermalling' about 2-3km to west with one of the Buzzards.

5th/6th Newbiggin/Woodhorn: New year birds for the patch over the last two days, a pair of Little Grebe on Woodhorn Flashes, a Buzzard lifted from the QEII CP. A single Stonechat in dunes north of Beacon Point and 46 Pink-feet flew north.
Lynemouth Flash: A single Dark-bellied Brent (6th).

2nd A1 Seaton Burn: A rather jammy Red Kite at 11:00 flying low over A1 toward Big Waters NR. A quick text to GB and he managed to get it as it went through too! Presumably same individual seen at Weetslade CP a little later.

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