Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Pacific Diver

Over the last couple of weeks, a very rare bird has been frequenting either Druridge Bay Country Park or East Chevington North Pool. The bird, a Pacific Diver Gavia pacifica is the north west American counterpart to out own Black throated Diver. This is the first record for Northumberland and maybe only the 8th for the UK. The bird is best viewed on one of its sorties north onto the lake at DBCP where it sometimes comes to within 20 feet of observers.It is more distant when on East Chevington, but regardless of that, if you are in the area. call in, its well worth the visit, you might not see another for a very long time.

Nearby are a nice wintering party of 7 Shorelarks and 80 Twite feeding on the beach at the Chevington Burn mouth. Even more reason to pop in!

Pacific Diver, on DBCP lake.

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