Sunday, November 05, 2006

Bonfire Night

Top - Long-tailed Duck
Next three - Merlin
Fourth - Grey Partridges
Bottom - Yellow Wort

Today was overcast and quite dull with a moderate westerly, though it was quite mild.

Wandering around Boulmer for an hour or two, with Rob, we spent the first part of the morning bubbling and whingeing about how quiet it was, how there was no birds etc etc. It was only when we got back to the cars that we realised that we had seen a few good things after all. Many an inland patch watcher would have wished for the birds we had seen this morning!

1 Whooper Swan and 58 Pink footed Geese flew S, the drake Long tailed Duck was still in the Howdiemont Bay with a female Common Scoter and a Red throated Diver. Back near the car park, the resident female Merlin showed well along the usual bit of shore north of the village. It then perched up on a fence post for a while. While watching it, a Buzzard and a Peregrine flew overhead, all three nearly in the same field of view! 8 Grey Partridges were in the allotment, and 6+ Tree Sparrows flew over calling.

A quick dog walk at Longhoughton Quarry at 2pm had 144+ Tufted Ducks and, suprisingly, 1 male and 3 female Scaup. A nice record. The mild autumn has prolonged the flowering period for a few wild flowers here, with a nice show of Yellow Wort still.

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