Sunday, February 04, 2007
Top - J & B in Ingram Valley.
Bottom - View down the valley.
Not much birding this weekend but had one or two year ticks at Boulmer. The weather has been glorious all weekend with bright sunshine and clear blue skies. Very mild too.
On Friday I had a flock of 14 Linnets and a Skylark on the old runways. On Saturday I was very suprised with a flock of 9 Long tailed Tits on Seaton Point, another Skylark flew south and 250 Pink footed Geese flew north.
Today we decided to have a trip inland for a walk. We found a good track in the Cheviots heading south from Ingram Valley towards Alnhammoor. Birds were very sparse but a ringtail Hen Harrier was a good record as it flew right overhead onto the adjacent hillside. I couldn't see any wing tags on it. Also here 2+ Buzzards, Kestrel, 6+ Long tailed Tits and 6 Bullfinches were at nearby Branton GPs.
More locally, around Longhoughton this morning were 10+ Yellowhammers, 60+ Chaffinches, 1 Buzzard, 4+ Meadow Pipits and the female Blackcap and two Tree Sparrows were still in my garden.
I was invited to go with IDR and TB to see the Pacific Diver near Knaresborough this morning and was unable to make it. Unfortunately the bird departed at 9am before the lads arrived so they had to 'make do' with the American Robin at Bingley. I can take missing that one much easier as I saw the Grimsby bird a few years ago.
Almost as bad as missing the Diver, I see that BR has had 3 Scaup on my patch and I've missed them! See Cuddy's website link for more details...
77. Long tailed Tit