Friday, March 30, 2007
Above - male Wheatear. Not todays bird, too dull and too fast to get a photo! This is from last April on Boulmer beach.
Working lates today so that gave me a chance to have a look around the patch with Bunts this morning. A cold NE breeze was blowing and it's hazy and overcast.
Walking from the lifeboat hut, north, around Longhoughton Steel and back produced very little, except my first Wheatear of spring. As usual it was a male, flushed from the track across the sheep grazing and onto the shore. The first one is always a spirit lifter at this time of year. No doubt Sandwich Tern or Sand Martin will be next. Hope I'm proved wrong and a Crane or White Stork drops in!
A seawatch for 15 minutes had 110 Gannet, 150 Auks, 2 Puffins, 20 Kittiwake, 5 Fulmar. On the beach were 29 Knot and 10 Shelduck.