Sunday 31 March 2013
Friday 29 March 2013
Before I set off, I had envisaged returning to the patch to find wheatears, sand martins, chiffchaffs and sandwich terns....maybe even a swallow or a ring ouzel.
Instead I return to sub-zero temperatures and spring well and truly on hold! Talking to Alan Tilmouth and ADMc, it sounds as if there has been no migrant action at all yet, anywhere up north.
Chatting to Andy and Alan, it was good to catch up with an old friend - Tijan Kanteh. I first met with Tijan when he guided a group of us around the Gambia in 2004 and then later a couple of Birdfairs. Tijan is a really nice, funny guy and great guide, it was good to see him again. He had been out birding with Steve and Dave, I wonder what he thought of the cold as they walked along the beach?
|Tijan with ADMc in the Budge Screen|
|dead puffin - one of 22|
|There were also lots of cuttlefish|
Two loony-tunes found a way to keep out the cold - dancing and doing star jumps on top of the dunes. Not a bad idea!
82 ringed plover
86 pied wagtail
Sunday 17 March 2013
I flooded the chainsaw and then it wouldn't start.
Four whooper swans flew north whilst I swore at the chainsaw. Then seven more.
We gave up and went home, 25 whooper swans flew north over the dunes at Cresswell, I guess they're heading north to the breeding grounds. I'm heading south.... to Mallorca
I'll be back on the patch at Easter
81 whooper swan
Monday 11 March 2013
A quick scout about the patch before heading to too for the match. Wildfowl numbers were down on previous months, presumably because some of the birds have started to move north again, this cold weather might have them heading back south again!
The 'redhead' smew was still on the Budge fields. Despite seeing a few displaying lapwings inland last week as well as at Druridge, there was still a decent flock of them and some curlew, so not everything has headed back to breeding grounds just yet.
The big pools was pretty-much dead.
The addition of smew during the week takes the patch total to 81 species and 91 points in the Patch Challenge.
Thursday 7 March 2013
A dreich morning again at Druridge, but a redhead smew has brightened my day ...
The morning was made even better by the first displaying lapwings of the spring on the Budge fields. The fields look good now, but NWT will need to bring back some cows when the grass starts to grow, timing is critical for lowland waders.
A mobile post sent from the field (from the Budge screen to be precise)