Saturday, January 05, 2008

Better weather today for our morning constitutional around Seaton Point. A light SE2-3, dull but getting brighter and milder than recently.

The sea was still very lumpy. Last night I got a call from Mike Puxley who has recently become a part time Northumbrian ( he's from Kent) to say that he had a Little Gull off here yesterday. No sign today in a short scan. He'd also had Hooded Crow and Little Egret at Budle Bay. Little Gull is a good record in winter anywhere in the county, the best time being May - September. I'll check more thouroughly tomorrow.

Off here were 65 Wigeon and 6 Red breasted Merganser, another flew south as did a female Goldeneye. Up the caravan site were 21 Linnets, a Reed Bunting, 2 male Stonechats and a Kestrel.

Back in the village, 18 Bar tailed Godwits and 26 Dunlin were on the beach. 100 Lapwings were at the pond ( now a shadow of its former self, looks like Coot is still just the stuff of dreams).

This evening at 4pm a short walk behind the small caravan site added Yellowhammer and Magpie to the list, while a Heron flew over the car in the gloaming on the way home.

41. Wigeon.
42. Reed Bunting.
43. Linnet.
44. Lapwing.
45. Magpie.
46. Yellowhammer.
47. Kestrel.
48. Heron.

( 5th January 2007? 46! Its a close run thing.)


The Wessex Reiver said...

Keep going BB, 48's good, I'm at 52and that's travelling across Somerset, though worth it for the high flying Snipe this morning. As for the Lt Gull hope you get it, reports of one further south at Whitburn yesterday and another somewhere I can't remember north of the Tyne.

ST said...

Still waiting for a coot and there's loads here.
A longer spell of hard weather and the mythical pond lasting, might just get you the ellusive tick