Tuesday, 20 May 2014

10th-20th May

We seemed to have slipped into summer, warmer days, juveniles of many common species appearing and a quiet spell as far as migration goes. Recent days I had a sea-watch that consisted mainly of hirundine movement with over 50 Swallows and 8 House Martins north in two hours. One or two singing Garden Warblers including one locally in the mature shelter belt in phase 1 of the community park.

 Pegswood CP Phase II (opening soon)
Sea-watcher remains at Newbiggin

Yesterday I headed up country for a little walk across the top of the Simonside ridge from east to west. Little in the way of birds, a male Wheatear singing and dancing in the morning sun. A Common Whitethroat  singing just 100m below the Simonside cairn.

Today back in the lowlands I tried to look for waders on the Wansbeck and Blyth Estuaries with limited success. Castle Island yielded a blank for waders, a Common Tern here was first this year at this site, a 1st-summer drake Red-breasted Merganser and two broods of Mallard (x8 and x11) noted.
On the Blyth estuary another 1st-summer drake Red-breasted Merganser, a smattering of Curlew, two Common Terns, a good count of Crows (38) and 24 presumably non-breeding Black-tailed Godwits in the sheep field on the north side of the estuary.

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