Friday, 9 May 2014

9th May

This morning started with a single Greenshank west of Ashington on a small muddy flash. At Woodhorn Swifts were finally around in numbers and the Sedge Warbler numbers are certainly up this year with seven singing males around the flashes. A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling briefly east of the iron bridge.

A walk out to Beacon Point to check through the high tide roost provided my first Common Tern of the year among 54 roosting Sandwich Terns. Three Turnstones still about with a few 1st-summer Oystercatchers.

A little loop drive home with a stop at Druridge Pools netted four Black-tailed Godwits and 10+ Whimbrels. Another Greenshank was heard calling at West Stobswood.

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