Friday, 1 January 2016

A new year on the patch...

Yet another enjoyable morning on the patch resulted in 72 different species being seen starting at Hadston Carrs...

Several common species of waders were on the beach including Bar-tailed Godwit, a species which I struggled to see on the patch last year. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to pick up many seabirds.

Druridge Pools was again the pick of the sites with at least 2 Water Pipits again being very mobile in front of the Budge Screen sometimes landing very close by and giving great views. There were slightly fewer ducks present today including 4 Pintail.

We walked around to the north facing hide where the moulting drake Scaup was on the pool along with 2 female Red-breasted Mergansers. A Short-eared Owl hunted the fields to the north and a Peregrine gave an extremely close flypast. Back on the Budge Fields a Black-tailed Godwit was asleep in the grass and was joined by another when they flew off. 4 Whooper Swans also flew over heading north east.

East Chevington was quieter, but the Marsh Harrier and Slavonian Grebe were still present and 3 Twite flew south along the beach.

Water Pipit
Slavonian Grebe
Scaup record shot
Black-tailed Godwit asleep

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