Tuesday, 25 March 2014

March 21st-25th

21st Newbiggin: With one of the kids off skiing in the middle of the night I was on Church Point pre-dawn for an hour seawatch, still quiet.
Red-throated Diver 9S, 1N
Common Scoter drake N
Shelduck 1N
Gannet 1S
Fulmar 4S

I stopped to check the recently restored opencast at the Abyssinian and stumbled on three adult Greenlamnd White-fronted Geese with Canadas/Greylags. Presumably the Woodhorn birds beginning to edge west.
Three Buzzards were near Bothal Pond c.09:00

24th Woodhorn Flashes/Newbiggin: Cold. A female Sparrowhawk low over the church pool, Chiffchaff, 32 Gadwall, 2 Grey Partridges, 2 Long-tailed Tits and 2 Mediterranean Gulls. At the Spital end of Newbiggin, 10 Skylarks in the big field and 3 Stock Doves in the horse paddocks. Bothal Pond: Single Great Crested Grebe and Pink-footed Goose, eight Tree Sparrows.

 25th Newbiggin: With southeasterlies continuing I headed for the golf course ditches hoping to catch a little blue. A Short-eared Owl appeared from behind me and flew north along the ash lagoon bank and up over the top, later I watched it hunting briefly from one of the golf shelters.
At the gorse two Wheatears around the dump were the first of the year. At Beacon Point a good count of Purple Sandpipers with 19 roosting, six Grey Plovers still lingering too. A Red-throated Diver flew south.
Woodhorn Flashes: Three Med Gulls on south pool, (two 1st-winters and a 2nd-winter), Song Thrush singing there today. 250+ Woodpigeons fed in the field west of the church pool.


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