Saturday, 23 January 2016

More White-fronts...

Had another good trip to the bay today, with the highlight being even more White-fronted Geese...

First at Chevington, three flocks of Pink-footed Geese flew over, with the third also holding 11 adult White-fronted Geese. Unfortunately after we first picked them up flying straight towards us, they headed off south east over the sea so we were unable to say whether there were any first-winters in the flock.

The Slavonian Grebe, Marsh Harrier and pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were still around Chevington.

The Budge Fields held a single drake Pintail and 3 more White-fronted Geese were in the field just to the west with 5 Barnacle Geese and c. 150 Pink-feet. We were able to identify these White-fronts as Europeans before the flock flew south. 6 Red-breasted Mergansers were on the north pool here.

At Cresswell Pond the first-winter Long-billed Dowitcher was once again on the west shore, with the pond also playing host to 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Turnstones and another Red-breasted Merganser.

2 more European White-fronted Geese with c. 500 Pink-feet south-west of the Drift Cafe at Cresswell brought the day's total to 16.

One of the Druridge Pools European White-fronted Geese.


  1. For a fourteen year old, both your blog, your sightings and your photos are superb. I'll be following your RSS Feed from now on. Keep up the good work. Personally I'm mad for butterflies and dragonflies - well all insects really, but I got into birds as something to do over the winter and it has gone from there...

    1. Thanks very much, glad you like the blog! Good luck with the birding in 2016 and let's hope for a nice warm summer...