There were a number of highlights last week. These included 1500 pink-footed geese at Doddington next to the Berwick Road and over 2700 geese in the Smeafield / Elwick area. This mixed flock comprised of pink-footed geese, barnacles, light-bellied and dark-bellied brents.
I also had the fortune to be able to visit a moorland site in the county through work. Unfortunately, due to the sensitivity of the species found I cannot publish the name of the site. The visited started with flushing a woodcock. A raptor appeared being harried by carrion crows - this proved to be a female hen harrier. This bird flew off to the west. Two more female hen harriers were then discovered interacting with each other. A male peregrine was discovered followed by a sparrowhawk, two buzzards and two kestrels. Two short-eared owls were then flushed accidentally. Both birds flew a short distance before giving excellent views. Other species of interest included twite, numerous wrens and three roe deer.
Has anyone heard tawny owls calling through the day recently?