Monday, December 31, 2007

With all those Tree Sparrows you would think I could manage more than one in shot at a time! Crap dull pics due to crap dull light...

Sunday 30th December 2007.

Cold, 90% overcast, light W2, Dull.

Down to Boulmer this morning to see how the weather would pan out before committing to an Atlas square. Watching from the lifeboat hut I had 65 Pink footed Geese S, 59 Sanderling, 7 Dunlin and 7 Bar tailed Godwit on the shore, 5 Shags in the haven and the Dark bellied Brent on the sea.

I spent the next hour trying, with questionable success, to count through the finch flock in the turnips at Bowmere. Eventually the best I could do was 79+ Linnets, 81+ Tree Sparrows (an excellent count), 13 Goldfiches, 8+ Reed Buntings and 6+ Greenfiches. All were harassed by a Sparrowhawk until it took one and left. Also here were two coveys of Grey Partridges, 7 and 8 birds and 2 Song Thrushes.

On to Denwick to do a tetrad, NU21 - B. In the two hours I recorded 40 species including 2 Dippers, 3 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Redpoll sp, 2 Goosanders and 19 Yellowhammers.

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