Thursday, 16 April 2009

midweek visits

I've managed a couple of quick visits to Druridge in the last couple of of days, hoping that fog and easterlies may have dropped something interesting in. These conditions have made it feel very cold, the thermometer reads 9.5 degrees C, but it felt more like 2 or 3 deg C tonight in the murk.

It's pretty much the same as the weekend at Druridge, four shoveler have appeared today, and a few more swallow caught insects over the Budge fields, but no other migrants.
meadow pipit - not the world's most exciting bird?

Like reed buntings, stonechats appear to be doing well again this year at Druridge. There seems to be three pairs in the 1km stretch of dunes between the plantation and the burn. Mike Henry used to cycle the length of Druridge Bay counting the stonechats as he went, I shall have to quiz him to see if this trend is replicated along the bay.
stonechat on the fence at Druridge tonight

hare today........
Gone tomorrow......
(or in five seconds), but what is the bird in the top left hand corner it is heading for?

5 comments:

Warren Baker said...

collared dove,?

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Alan Tilmouth said...

Red-legged Partridge?

Ipin said...

Thanks Warren and Alan. Red-legged partridges are as rare as hen's teeth at Druridge and collared doves are very uncommon, I didn't even notice the bird when I was taking pics of the hare, only when i got home.

Stefan said...

So, no conclusions as to what it is?? looks like some sort of female gamebird to me...