Wednesday, 29 April 2009
94 common whitethroat
96 house martin
97 short-eared owl
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
Lapwing on the Budge fields
Thursday, 23 April 2009
I did see the Mallard brood tonight, seven of them and one of the pairs of stonechat are feeding young.
Hopefully we'l l start ringing on Sunday
Monday, 20 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
Thursday, 16 April 2009
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
Monday, 13 April 2009
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Friday, 10 April 2009
We started at the Budge screen, the garganey pair and little egret were still there and a willow warbler was singing nearby, another year-tick. We had a walk through the wood and a quick look on the big pool, with nothing of note other than 14 oystercatchers getting a bit agitated.
We then walked along the haul-road to Chev and back, just as we were leaving the patch to the north, I spotted a male wheatear on the ground, outside the patch, luckily for me it flew south to perch on the patch boundary - get in!
Mark seemed to enjoy his visit to Druridge, on the way to the train station, we called at Lynemouth to look for the water pipit, MSK told us that it had flow off just before we arrived, whilst we were talking a nice 3rd cy iceland gull circled over the flash, before heading off towards the sea. A good end to the mornings birding, despite not seeing the water pipit.
76 willow warbler
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
After we finished the net-rides, we had time for some proper birding, there was still no migrant passerines to be had, still no sand martins or chiffchaffs.. the Budge fields are looking good for breeding stuff though, so hopefully the lapwings and snipe will have a good year and it should attract some passage waders too.
A quick look on the sea produced a flurry of year ticks, well, four..I got my first guillie's, gannet, kittiwake and fulmar of 2009, also of note was 5 red-throats.
On the way back to the car, I called in to see if the egret was photographable from the Budge screen, it was there but distant, but a further quick scan added black-tailed godwit to the year list with one feeding on the Budge fields.65 little egret
70 black-tailed godwit
Interestingly, this time last year I was 83 for the year and had just added firecrest to the year list...
Wednesday, 1 April 2009
I did get a year tick during my post-work visit this evening, sparrowhawk, flying over the budge fields, scattering the snipe. There's a still a good number of teal about, a good scan through them for garganey was unproductive. There were a few tufties and gadwall on the big pool, whilst I was scanning I spotted an otter swimming across the pool, when it reached the fallen willow on the east bank, there was scerfuffle as it greeted another two otters laid up in the tree.
The three of them then played in and around the tree for 30 minutes or so.
All three of them were about the same size, so I reckon that they are three siblings by the way they were playing together, certainly none of them were the big dog that I have seen lately.
Other highlights tonight included six whoopers swans and 89 pink-footed geese flying south and a pair of stonechat in the dunes.