I've also been Druridge.
Mull was great, a lads weekend away, plenty of eagles and beer but no otters. Good to catch up with Bryan too.
Back on the patch for a wander about proved profitable on Bank Hallada Monday (A bit of Ashington-speak slipping in there, sorry). After we checked some meadow pipits nests, we headed for the Budge Screen, wood sandpiper and spotted redshank had been reported whilst I was away on Mull.
A wood sandpiper showed briefly, but no spotshanks remained. A fly-through house martin picked up by ADMc was also a year-tick and two yellow wagtails were by the little hide. On the main pool the highlight was a pair of great-crested grebes. Once a regular at Druridge these birds are becoming really scarce in these parts now. Also of note was fly-though greenshank and a drake pochard.
|rusty returns - Swallows on the gutters at Druridge|
|drake shoveler, shoveling, on the big pool|
It was nice to see at least one of the stonechats pullis we ringed last week have now fledged, there were probably more in the grass still being fed. I think this events deserves more stonechat pictures.
|Stonechat juvenile complete with shiny new ring|
|And a couple of pictures of the proud father!|
This evening a quick look out to sea produced my first common tern and just as the sun was setting a whimbrel flew north, calling.
112 wood sandpiper
113 house martin
114 great-crested grebe
115 common tern