Monday, 16 November 2015

WeBs and a white front

Sunday afternoon was spent counting wildfowl and waders at Fenham Flats for WeBs.  The highlights were 7 Great crested grebe, 1 Slavonian grebe, 3 Little egrets (1 a third bigger than the others), 19 Goldeneye, 11 Goosander, 10 Shoveler as well as the usual flocks of Wigeon, Light-bellied brent, Oystercatcher etc.

A Chiffchaff was calling in scrub at Fenham Mill as well as a flock of 50+ Goldfinches.

A quick visit to Branton ponds, this morning produced 9 White-fronted geese heading south west. The birds could not be put to a race i.e. Eurasian or Greenland but their call was very distinctive. There was also a good selection of wildfowl with the highlight being at least 10 Gadwall.

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