After reports of crossbill movements, I positioned myself on the big dune at 5.30am on Wednesday morning. When I arrived on site, there were 11 siskins feeding on the alders before moving north. I estimated about another 100+ siskins, all moving south in small groups of 15-25 until 7.30am. Nothing like the 6500 Tom Tams had at Tynemouth and no crossbills - my target for the morning.
I tried for crossbills on another two mornings but no joy.The meadow pipits kept me entertained though and fly-through little egrets on two mornings were welcome sightings of scarce bird this year. The big dune is a good place to scan the budge fields and I picked up both wood and green sandpipers from there.
|Meadow pipit song-flighting from the big dune|
|New moth - Pammene aurana (there were at least eight of them)|
|One of the pied wag youths|
|New hoverfly for the patch Cheilosia illustrata - one of the bumblebee mimics (iPhone photo)|
Today, Janet and I had a walk to the hides, mostly looking for hoverflies but we found the four spoonbills, that have commuted between Cresswell Pond and the Budge fields, feeding on the doughnut pool from the little hide.
|Four spoonbills- an they were all awake!|
|mating common blue damselflies|
Graham Sorrie reported north of the path to the screen-hide. The first bird I got my bins on was a spotted flycatcher.