Ton up at Druridge.
Six new species today brings the Druridge year-list up to 100. Not bad considering I only managed a brief pre-work visit and an hour-or-so after work.
This morning I racked up three new species in a minute - as I got out of the car a swallow flew overhead calling, then a willow warbler sang from the wood and a grasshopper warbler reeled briefly before disappearing. A good start I thought to myself.
Within another two minutes I had a drake garganey flying around the Budge fields before coming into land - satisfied with my lot I headed for work.
This evening, one of the first birds I saw as I headed for the Haul Road Flash was a male wheatear perched on mound of shit - nice! The flash is starting to dry up, I hope it pulls in a decent bird before it does, it looks good for something to drop in. This evening there 51 dunlin,13 ringed plover and a white wagtail there.
The cold SSE wind was staring to bite, so I only managed a quick look offshore, enough to see my first sandwich terns of the year.
So that brings the Patchwatch competition total to 116. This weekend can only bring more migrants, though car shopping might get in my way.
96 willow warbler
97 grasshopper warbler
100 sandwich tern
Where is this Haul Road Flash??
Greg, it's just off the haul road (the road to East Chevington) at the north end of Druridge Links.
Cheers - found it last night. Nowt about other than 3 shelduck and 1 redshank, though it was low tide when I was there.
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