Sunday, 2 January 2011

Game of Two Halves

Had a good couple of hours (eventually) this afternoon.

Whilst walking the dog along the burn, a Kingfisher flew off east along the stretch to the west of the fire station, using the tunnel under the B1505 to get to the other side and out of sight.

Walk over, off the Arcot Pond, which was frozen over and ornithologically quiet.  A Common Buzzard was seen several times and a Jay heard in the golf course.  One Woodcock was flushed from the area to the north of the pond.

Next, off the Blyth Staithes, following Crammy Birder's lead from yesterday.

Fieldfare greeted me, and on the larger filtration pond c.45 Tufties and a few Pochard and Moorhen too.

The jetty to the east of the boat club had Oystercatcher roosting along with Redshanks, Turnstones and several of the commoner gull species.

The Red-breasted Mergansers were on the river, two males and a female, as well as a Red-necked Grebe, Eider, Mute Swan, Shelduck and a very nice surprise of a Slavonian Grebe.

A Grey Wagtail walked the shore-line wall, and on the spit, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Sanderling.

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