Monday, 5 September 2011

Extreme(s of) Birding

Today's highlights:

Church Point - One Arctic Skua south.  Nowt else!

Royal Newbiggin - near the Ash Lagoon Bank, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Coal and Great Tits, Blackbird, Robin, Song Thrush and Linnets.  The Sky was busy with Skylarks and heaving with southbound Swallows and House Martins.

Cresswell - 600 Canadas, a few Greylags and some commoner ducks.  An odd goose - assumed hybrid of Greylag and Canada.

Lapwings rising from the SW field suggested raptor, and from the west a Marsh Harrier, pestered by gulls, then Curlews, then corvids.  This made for some excellent photo opportunities, all admirably missed!

So with a memory card full of quality images (!), off north to The Pools, and en route, the abyss to Cresswell's nadir, as a wee Pheasant walked from the east side and despite my best efforts, it did not remain 100% fit and healthy.  The little fella was lying in the road, looking up at me with 'cow eyes' and trying to get away.  It could fly but not walk so I did what any real man would do, lay it in the grass and hoped for a miracle!

Druridge Pools' seawatch was uneventful - R-t Divers, Common Scoters and little else, except zillions of House Martins and millions of Swallows south.

To complete the tour, West Hartford had three BHG, one Pied Wagtail  and three circling Common Buzzards.

Arcot was even flatter.

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