Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Counting birds or snowflakes ?

Sunday was, as Ian D, describes (below) the day for WeBS survey on Lindisfarne.  For the most part visibility was good and then the snow showers rolled in and shelter was sought.  There were no real highlights with the exception of 2 little egrets, 4 long-tailed ducks, 7 goldeneye, 153 pintail, 4 ringed plovers as well as the range of the usual waders.  I may have missed a few birds due to steamed up binoculars and telescope!  Interestingly, there were no passerines in the hedges or scrub on the shore.  Common scurvey-grass is becoming more apparent in the grassland along the shore. 

An observation from the rest of the weekend is that lesser black-backed gulls have started to appear both on the coast and inland.  One bird was west of Alnwick and another in a flooded field west of Chatton.   There area also good flocks of both common and herring gulls in inland fields.  Adult common gulls look very prim and proper at the moment.

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