Sunday, 15 March 2015

Catch up...

Over the past couple of weeks I've had a couple of trips to the patch.

Last weekend the highlight was the number of Whooper Swans around, with 73 at Chevington, 60 at Widdrington Moor Lake (along with my 3rd Northumberland Bewick's Swan), 20 off Hadston and 11 at Warkworth Lane. The Ross's Goose was also at Widdrington Moor Lake. Back on my patch the first Lesser Black-backed Gulls started to appear last weekend, and the Black-necked Grebe remained at Chevington.

Today it was even quieter around the bay. At least 2 obvious Scandinavian Rock Pipits were on the beach at Hadston. For some reason they looked more obvious in the field than in my photos...

The Black-necked Grebe was still at Chevington along with a drake Pintail.

Bewick's Swan with Whoopers

Ross's Goose

Whooper Swans

Scandinavian Rock Pipits - the bird in the first five photos is perhaps the most striking littoralis that I've ever seen.

British Rock Pipit
On a different note here's a photo of Uranus which was visible just to the left of Venus through the telescope on the 4th.

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