I've been busy with other things at weekends since then and until February I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. To be honest I was lucky to make it out today, felled by a dose of manflu over the weekend but I just had to get out.
Predictably at this time of the year, Druridge threw up no suprises... no great grey shrikes, no hume's warblers, nowt of note at all really.
Even offshore there was nowt, one red-throated diver and a pochard flew north with a gang of mallard.
This pheasant was a highlight....
|male pheasant - smart, isn't he?|
This first winter or female kestrel was knocking about. You can just make out a ring on it's leg, even zooming up the RAW file I couldn't make the number out.
At Cresswell over 4500 pink-footed geese in the winter cereal field behind the Drift Inn Cafe (now deceased) were a sight to behold.
|Just some of the 4500 pink feet at Crfesswell this afternoon|
Next weekend has promise if I survive the manflu. No work, no football so hangovers aside I might get some birding or ringing in.