Thursday, 3 April 2014

3rd April - Century

I used the rain early morning to finish a little work for Birdwatch magazine before heading out into another murky grey day around late morning. In the Woodhorn hedge a lone Chiffchaff was feeding low dropping into vegetation just above ground level in the cold, damp breeze. Four Redwings caught my eye as they flew from treetop to treetop calling leaving behind a single thrush in the tree by the foot-bridge, a patch year tick Fieldfare that subsequently dropped over the west hedge into the rape field.

The south pool was quiet, no doubt the presence of the regular Harris Hawk flyer standing in the marsh didn't help. He took off, perhaps after seeing me and didn't fly the bird as he walked around the the pond edge flushing all the Gadwall out of the rape field onto the pond.

Back to the car I headed for Church Point and walked north on a very quiet north beach. About halfway a single solitary Sand Martin slipped south, the hundreth species for Newbiggin this year for me. I raised my camera to acknowledge the loud calls of congratulations from the nearby Herring Gulls.

Last chance saloon at the Spital end for some migrants, three Wheatears in the horse paddocks were as good as it got. Lots of Linnets about and several Fulmars making dummy runs at the cliffs. Talking a couple of weeks ago with Tom C and Stewart S we were speculating that most of the Fulmars appearing at these non-breeding cliffs were individuals yet to reach breeding age. interesting to note on the ringed individual photographed this afternoon a number of brown coverts, suggestive of immaturity?

 A walk back up the Spital road produced the second Grey Wagtail in two days this one flushed from the horse paddock at the west end then again from the sewage works as I walked back. In the sewage works shelter belt several Goldcrests calling and feeding actively.

I stopped at the big turbine field east of Linton and counted 14 Shelduck, eight by the small flash beside the road and a further six a bit further west in the field.

1 comment:

Simon Tickle said...

How marvellous to be congratulated by the gulls. I usually get laughs of derision from the mallards.