Monday, 15 February 2016

Round the bay...

A similar selection of birds in the bay again today...

First at Woodhorn the goose flock to the southeast of the main roundabout held 5 Greenland White-fronted Geese and 2 European White-fronted Geese. A brief seawatch from Hadston Carrs provided a Great Northern Diver and a Velvet Scoter heading north, with Gannet and Skylark both new for the patch year list.

Moving south to Druridge Bay Country Park the drake Goosander was very confiding with 9 Red-breasted Mergansers also on the lake. On reaching Chevington a Merlin whizzed through chasing a Snipe. The north pool still held the Black-necked Grebe and female Common Scoter. 15 Whooper Swans were visible in the distance.

By the road just north of Widdrington the Waxwing was feeding on the solitary berry-covered hawthorn. 4 more Whooper Swans were opposite the entrance to Druridge Pools with 3 drake Pintail on the Budge Fields. Finally the first-winter Long-billed Dowitcher was again at Cresswell Pond.


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