Tuesday, 29 April 2014

22nd April - 29th April

Incredibly quiet this morning, recent arrivals including the singing Whitethroat, reeling Grasshopper Warbler remain. The only new addition was a single House Martin hawking above the railway line and church pool with Swallows and Sand Martin.

Down at the Spital migrants were even thinner on the ground, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, two Swallows and a single Meadow Pipit dropped in briefly before continuing north, though I did find a new wall that looks perfect for Wryneck....

Post-work hour late afternoon a female Ring Ouzel flushed from the burnt gorse to the ash lagoon banks. At the Church Pool a good arrival of hirundines gave me the opportunity to prove to myself once again that I shouldn't attempt flight shots.

29th- Blyth Cemetery this morning held five Wheatears. Back at Newbiggin SMc had had a couple of Lesser Whitethroats early doors and at least one was still about early afternoon. The sound of someone playing a trumpet badly came out of the fog and what was probably a Common Crane flew over north unseen in the thick mist. Two Sparrowhawks, a big female ripping through the golf course like Vera on steroids and later a male, a male Stonechat in the north dunes along with a couple of male Common Whitethroats on territory were the only other birds of note.

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