Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Now I don't keep a fish list (alive or dead).....but I know someone who does, I wonder if he twitched it?
Monday, 23 February 2009
There was a a flock of 350 black-headed gulls on the field by the haul road, a scan through them only turned up 3 common gulls in their midst, there was two good flock of lapwings with 113 west of the Budge fields and 286 on them. Ducks were:
My other WeBS site, Ellington Pond is usually pretty much deserted, but it was jammed with wildfowl (by Ellington Pond standards) on Sunday including 6 tufted ducks, 29 mallard and 12 gadwall.
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
No owls, as I had hoped for, or bittern. I did add water rail to the year list though and there were good numbers of wigeon, teal and lapwing and 13 magpie....could be my record count for Dru?
I'm looking forward to the long evenings of May and June now.....
61 water rail
Monday, 16 February 2009
Bittern from the Little Hide (photo: Stu Fenwick)
Stu reckoned it was about 1pm on Saturday...that would've just been about when we finished putting the bird boxes up and went to quickly check the north end and the Budge fields, only from the screen hide.......
I could see 2 or 3 birders in the little hide, but no birds were apparent on the fields...now I know...and I am gutted, totally gutted.
There had been a report of bittern at Dru during the heavy snow too.
The woe of a patch worker, there's me doing my bit for conservation, putting up nestboxes whilst missing a bittern..
I'm off to the pub...............
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Nothing offshore of note, on the way out there was a big flock of fieldfare with some redwing opposite Druridge hamlet along with starlings, golden plover and lapwing. A kestrel on the wires here was the only year tick. Maybe spring is in the air though, there was a skylark singing today and Alan Gilbertson had been watching the resident magpies carrying sticks into the wood.
Curlew on the Budge fields
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
Not much else to report, bugger all on the sea and nothing outstanding on the pools.
Will be down at High Chibburn tomorrow putting up our tree spuggie boxes.
56 common gull
Thursday, 12 February 2009
The snow today came as a bit of a shock. I've taken tomorrow offuv work so will get down to Dru between painting the tree spuggie boxes with fence paint so we can get them put up on Saturday...
Monday, 9 February 2009
CR-Code Blue ring with white code for large gulls 4 digits LBBW(J3LJ);RBMRinging Centre Stavanger (Norway) Ring number FA29729Species Herring Gull Larus argentatus Sex Unknown Age Pullus
PlaceHerreholmen, Lyngdal, Vest-Agder, Norway
Amble-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, Great Britain
Amble Harbour, Northumberland, Northumberland, Great Britain
Amble-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, Great Britain
It must like Amble!
Sunday, 8 February 2009
I finaly managed to get down to Druridge at the weekend. I went on saturday, briefly, until the weather beat me. It was grim!
I did manage to see a flock of golden plover on the fields to the north and a nice buzzard perched on the fence at the back of the Budge Fields. The intermittent snow/sleet/rain/hail showers became more frequent add to that the biting northerly wind, it was all too much. I went home and made some tree sparrow nestboxes.
Today was a much better day, the wind had dropped and had gone to the west and there was no snow/sleet.....no precipitations of any type, so I bashed the patch. I started by waling to the north then along the haul road, a pair of buzzard, were interacting above one of the shelterbelts - who would've thought, 10 years ago, that buzzard would be on the patch list before sprawk and kestrel at Druridge! There was a good count of meadow pipit today with six by the bushes and at least 12 along the haul road.
A stubble field had attracted a mixed flock of linnet and goldfinch and a flock of 50+ fieldfares with a few redwings among them. That was all th winter thrushes on the list with the mistle thrush on the fence and song thrush walloping snails offuv a glass bottle in the dunes. By High Chibburn, there 19 whooper swans in the fields with a few mutes, a grey wag flew over the farm buildings.
Back towards dru a pair of stonechat were by the entrance. On the pool, there was flock of 37 canada geese, unusual for Druridge, they must've been frozen off elsewhere, 12 greylags were also on the pool with 5 goldeneye and reasonable number of wigeon and teal. One of the otters was at the west side.
Offshore, the tide was in but there wasn't much to see, 3 red-throated divers, a handful of shag and a north-flying razorbill.
So the year list stands at 54, not a bad start considering the weather!
1 black-headed gull
3 golden plover
7 carrion crow
9 grey heron
12 song thrush
16 meadow pipit
18 whooper swan
19 grey partridge
21 mistle thrush
23 pink-footed goose
24 mute swan
25 pied wagtail
34 rock dove (skemmie)
36 great tit
37 house sparrow
38 grey wagtail
39 canada goose
44 greylag goose
45 tufted duck
50 red-throated diver
52 herring gull
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Still not been to Druridge, no work and no footie this weekend so I'll kick the year list of then.