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
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.