Saturday morning was a picture of perfection on Fenham Flats. Cold, flat calm and plenty to see. This is why I so enjoy birding at this time of year. Below is a summary of the species that I saw in three hours on the foreshore between Teal Hole and The Cages: 2 merlin (chasing eash other), adult peregrine, two little egrets, 4 whooper swans, 1 black-tailed godwit, 21 ringed plover, 7 scaup, 36 long-tailed duck, 1 red throated diver, 2 slavonian grebe, 10 red-breasted merganser, 1 female common scoter, 14 goldeneye, 538 eider, 43 twite, 2 rock pipits, 3 tree sparrow, 1 yellowhammer and a good range of commoner waders, ducks and passerines. There was also 1 common seal (which was the first one I have seen in the 13 years I have been counting this stretch) with a small number of grey seals.
A long-eared owl and barn owl were seen between Bellshill and Chatton Bank in the evening.