Sunday, December 03, 2006

Friday 1st December contd...

Top two - Aln Estuary, Alnmouth.
Bottom two - Aln Estuary, Foxton.

Decided to check out the Foxton, Alnmouth area for a change. Only a couple of miles south of Boulmer, it gets even fewer birders. The estuary is under going some flood restoration work, creating some small pools and saltmarsh. A short distance up river at Foxton, the wide meanders hold quite a lot of wildfowl.

Present today were 206+ Wigeon, 300+ Teal, 1 Red breasted Merganser, 1 Goldeneye, a nice drake, 12+ Mallard, 3 Little Grebe, 1 Shelduck, 5 Whooper Swans, 51+ Curlew and a female Sparrowhawk.
In Alnmouth 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Mistle Thrush, 15 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Grey Partridge and 1 male Kestrel ( photos below).

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