Sunday, 21 July 2013

Druridge Bay

We started our days birding with a look at Castle Island. The highlight was 7 Black-tailed Godwits. A Common Sandpiper and 2 Goldeneye were also present. Next to Snab Point to look for my first Pomarine Skua. Even though we didn't see any Poms, I did see my first White-beaked Dolphins, when a group of 8-10 passed north. The bird totals were:

24 Manx Shearwaters
7 Arctic Skuas
1 Great Skua
105 Common Scoters
2 Shovelers
2 Little Gulls

All the usual common birds were also seen as well as a Porpoise and a Seal. We could see a big flock of Scoters in the bay from Snab Point so we headed to the dunes at Druridge Pools, where we found a flock of at least 500 Common Scoters but suprisingly no Velvets. On the main pool a further 2 Little Gulls were there and a female Mandarin was asleep on an island. 4 Yellow Wagtails were also in front of the hide.  At Chevington the best birds were: 3 Knot, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Marsh Harrier.

I've got my fingers crossed for a Two-barred Crossbill in North East over the next few days!

Little Gull

Common Tern

Yellow Wagtail

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jonny some god totals there , i am also hoping a Two Barred will turn up in Kent too . Cheers Rob