Thursday, 2 January 2014

New year and more storms

Happy New Year. The last few days have been spent in Berwick-upon-Tweed.  The highlight of the 1st was a female long-tailed duck flying up river.  There were again good numbers of seabirds were off the mouth of the river.  These included gannet (50+), cormorant (100+), shag (30+), red-throated diver (at least 3), lot of auks including 2 little auks, kittiwakes and a large number of gulls.  Other highlights included 3 goosander, 3 red-breasted merganser, and at least 40 mallard on the river.  The collection of seabirds especially the gannets and kittiwakes is quite unusual for this time of year.  Further storms are likely to see more seabirds close in-shore.

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