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
greylag (38 south)
reed bunting (dipped these on birdrace)
great black-backed gull
kittiwake (dipped these on birdrace)
fieldfare (dipped these on birdrace)
pied wagtail (dipped these on birdrace)
add yesterdays dunlin takes me to 55 for the year - c'mon Stewart, do try an keep up!
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?
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?
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