Sunday, October 22, 2006

This weekend has stayed westerly with some heavy showers and warmer sunny spells.

On Saturday two short trips to Boulmer at the north end as far as Low Steads produced some visible migration ( viz migging). 9 Redpolls flew S as did 1 Siskin, 80 Pink footed Geese and 12 Greylags. 4 Stonechats were right up on the patch boundary . Along the shore were 185 Curlew, 200+ Golden Plover, 100+ Lapwing, 100+ Turnstone and up to 100 Redshank. 39+ Eiders loafed just offshore.

Today the weather was more variable after lasts nights torrential rain storm. Arrived at Boulmer at 8.30am and met up with Rob and John. Again the north end was well looked at. Some more visible movement was evident with 91+ Skylarks S, 2 Red breasted Mergansers S, 618 Pink feet S, 7 Whooper Swans S and 1 N, the first of the autumn, and a lone Barnacle Goose flew N. At sea 2 each of Bonxies and Red throated Divers flew N, but there was no sign of the little auks reported from the Durham headlands. On the ground were 8+ Rock Pipits, 20+ Goldfinch, 28 Grey Partridges, 380+ Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 61 Dunlin and a female Sparrowhawk.

Earlier Rob had a male Wheatear in front of the pub, possibly last weeks bird still here.

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