Saturday, 17 January 2015

Birding on the north Northumberland coast

Goose counts around Fenham Flat (16 / 1) produced one large flock in the Elwick area.  The flock contained pale-bellied brent 710, pink-footed goose 1065 and 650 barnacle geese.  There were also small flocks of golden plover, lapwing and small coveys of grey partridge.

I was back on the coast this morning counting waders and waterfowl on Fenham Flats.  Highlights included pale-bellied brent 1300, pintail 256, barnacle 180, long-tailed duck 16, slavonian grebe 3, little egret 1, whooper swan 42, twite 23 and tree sparrow 4.

A stop off at Stag Rocks, Bamburgh produced 2-3 great northern divers, 2 black-throated divers, 5 red-throated divers, 1 slavonian grebe, 20+ long-tailed ducks and 2 stonechats.

Monkshouse Pool produced 3 shoveler.

There was a good selection of birds in the Low Newton area.  These included a Bewick's swan, 5  whooper swans, 1 Eurasian white-fronted goose with the greylag, 14 grey partridge, 2-3 calling water rail, a young male scaup, 2 stonechats and a good selection of waders on the beach including at least 2 purple sandpipers

A good days birding was spoiled by the local shoot trying to flush ducks from Newton Pool. Fortunately, the ducks had more sense and flew out to sea to sit it out.  This was much to the annoyance of a 'birder' who was looking for the Bewick and Y front!

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