Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Windy weekend

It was another WeBs count at Fenham le Moor and Fenham Mill on Sunday.  The weather was bright but extremely blustery.  Wader numbers were relatively low (this often happens when there is a strong wind blowing off the land).  Highlights included 56 Pink-footed geese, 2 Dark-bellied brents, 61 Pale-bellied brents, 97 Wigeon, 7 Pintail, 6 Goldeneye and a selection of other waterfowl and waders.  One chiffchaff was calling in bushes close to the Fenham le Moor hide and a blue tit took offence to its reflection in my wing mirrors - this is the second time that this has happened in this spot (blackbird last time!)

Common scurvy-grass was coming into flower and the leaves of elder were starting to appear.

Four 'queen' buff-tailed bumblebees were visiting the blooms of flowering currant at Fenham Mill.

Two crossbills flew high over a farm to the south of Eglingham today towards Beanley Plantation.

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