Saturday, December 22, 2007

Brrr...

Nippy today, -1.5 on way to Boulmer with Bunts. We walked around Seaton Point.

Loads of Thrushes here today, 300+ Fieldfares next to the Seaton Point lay bye, with a few Redwings and Blackbirds more scattered along the hedges and verges. The hedge I mentioned the other day has been totally stripped of berries in only a few days. Still some Golden Plovers in the fields too, 50 maybe, with 8 Grey Partridges.

The turnip field next to Bowmere has a large finch flock but they head for the horizon if you so much as slow the car down on the way past. I managed to get about 18 Tree Sparrows, 50 Linnets and 10 Greenfinches, but there were many more than that. A Dark bellied Brent was on the Haven beach from the lifeboat hut.

Out to sea plenty of gulls heading south. Closer perusal might have turned something up but I didn't have the time. A scattering of mergansers were the only things of note.

Pond still there and quite a good size but frozen solid.

Looking forward to an altogether more enjoyable soiree tonight than yesterdays debacle...

2 comments:

Blyth Birder said...

Had many Brambling BB? Supposed to be some large flocks around - couple of thousand at Talkin Tarn the other week.

Boulmer Birder said...

No its been crap up here for them. None on my Boulmer year list in 2007 due to lack of autumn easterlies. I used to get them every year when I lived in Stobswood near Widdrington with up to 20 at my feeders. Bolam / Wallington areas are generally good for them if they are around...