Saturday, 13 October 2012

12th & 13th October

Belated news from Branton Pools where there were 4 Common scoter (2 male, 2 female) which are a first for the site.  They were floating around with a group of tufted duck. Other species of interest included a common darter dragonfly, 3 pochard, 5 little grebes and at least 3 chiffchaffs.

Today the two Georges had a trip to the coast.  There were 2 snow geese with 750 pink footed geese in stubble fields at Fenham le Moor.  Three peregrines of different ages gave a good display with talon grappling and an immature catching a teal.  Other birds of interest on the Flats included 4 scaup, 1 little egret, 1000 barnacle geese, slavonian and great crested grebe, a good selection of waders including a black-tailed godwit and a very high count of eider (520).  There were also some migrants in the bushes including a flock of 30 twite, 1 male blackcap. 2 chiffchaffs and at least one brambling.  There were also two small tortoiseshell butterflies moving south.

A late lunch at Stag Rocks, Bamburgh produced 1 arctic skua, 2 arctic tern, 1 sandwich tern, 19, common scoter and a heavy passage of auks and gannets out at sea.

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