Sunday, 6 January 2008

The patch year list gets off to a good start

Well, after only managing a measly 99 yesterday, all day, all over the County, I managed to get the Druridge Pools patch list off to flying start. 1010 to 1345 today I saw 54 species, despite there being no diving ducks on the pool and no auks out to sea.

I started doing the pools, which were quiet (no snipe) then did the sea which was also dead. So I headed off through the woods flushing three woodcock (a bird I saw on the birdrace, but none of the rest of the team did), then went up the haul road and down to Scott's farm, back along the road past the hamlet, into the plantation, then back to the Budge screen and back through the trees flushing another 3 woodcock. Other highlights were 5 redthroats and a kitti (going south) offshore, a flock of 33 twite north, 20 fieldfare near the hamlet with redwings and 5 mistle thrush and a sparrowhawk with prey near the farm.

The beast were doing what they should be and NWT have opened the gate into the north side, so one of them had made into there!

The new arrival



Get munching!!

here's the list (in no order):

rook
carrion crow
magpie
goldfinch
blackbird
great tit
wren
pheasant
greylag (38 south)
wigeon
teal
curlew
mallard
cormorant
grey heron
reed bunting (dipped these on birdrace)
mute swan
woodpigeon
stonechat
red-throated diver
common scoter
herring gull
common gull
black-headed gull
sanderling
twite
great black-backed gull
red-breasted merganser
kittiwake (dipped these on birdrace)
shag
coal tit
woodcock (6)
siskin (20ish)
goldcrest
robin
starling
lapwing
mistle thrush
fieldfare (dipped these on birdrace)
sparrowhawk
chaffinch
blue tit
redwing
skemmie pigeon
pied wagtail (dipped these on birdrace)
jackdaw
house sparrow
kestrel
dunnock
song thrush
redshank
whooper swan
eider

add yesterdays dunlin takes me to 55 for the year - c'mon Stewart, do try an keep up!

2 comments:

Boulmer Birder said...

Now Iain, you know I'm in no position to compete with Druridge Pools where 170 sp per annum is the norm. This is due to having a good set of ponds and more birder visitors who put out news of good birds so that you can roll out of your pit at 11 and see them within 15 minutes. Who do you think will do that for me at Boulmer I wonder?

Ipin said...

Oooo, harsh! OK, I might have had a bit of a reputation in the past for having the odd hangover at weekends, but I am a new man....honest! Anyhoo, your pond was lookin canny when I was through on Saturday, have you blocked the drain?