Sunday, 10 January 2016

A productive patch...

Yet another windy day at Druridge yielded some good birds in the end starting at Druridge Pools...

The Budge Fields held lots of common birds but not much else, so we decided to have a look at the sea from the top of the big dune. Two Great Northern Divers which flew south quite close in shore were the highlight with a few other common birds added to the patch year list. Perhaps the most unusual record of the day was 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese which I spotted in the flooded field just north of the turning circle. The first time I've seen Brent Geese on the ground in Druridge Bay! We could also see the female Marsh Harrier over East Chevington from here.

At Druridge Bay Country Park there was a steady stream of gulls dropping onto the lake in front of the boat ramp. The first interesting bird was an adult Little Gull, which was followed shortly after by the first-winter (?) Iceland Gull. An adult Mediterranean Gull circled the lake before flying off. 3 drake and a female Red-breasted Merganser were also at DBCP.

A smart drake Common Scoter was on the north pool at East Chevington along with 3 Scaup, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and the Slavonian Grebe still.

A look at Hemscott Hill was very productive with an adult Mediterranean Gull and lots of waders...

1 Long-billed Dowitcher - very pleased to get it on the PWC 2016 list!
1 Ruff
2 Black-tailed Godwit
5 Bar-tailed Godwit
1 Knot
Golden Plover

PWC 2016
Species: 89
Points: 106

Iceland Gull
Hemscott Hill

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