When I have been to Druridge, I've been keeping any eye on the scoter flock that is loitering in the Bay. My theory is that there is a regular turn-over of birds, last weeks c450 birds might not be there today amongst the 600+. The presence/absence of velvet scoters shows this. There were two flocks tonight, about 450-500 off the patch and about another 200 well north off the T junction at Hadston.
|The scoter flock today|
On Saturday I was ringing. It was quiet, I only caught 16 new birds and five retraps, mostly juveniles.
Ringing totals were (retraps in brackets)
wren 1 (3)
blackcap 5 (1)
willow warbler 1
magpie 1 (juvenile)
great tit 1
blue tit 1 (1)
reed warbler 1
coal tit 2
A single spoonbill loitered on the Budge fields and a family of stonechats were in the bushes in the dunes. A quick evening visit produced a little ringed plover on the Budge fields with two ringed plover, three whimbrel and a single spoonbill.
|One of three juvenile stonechat in the dunes|
|great crested grebe in silvery light|
|common tern on the big pool|
Offshore, there was a single velvet scoter with the scoter flock and at least three roseate terns.