Saturday, February 02, 2008
By, it was a bit parky down at Seaton Point this morning. Bright and dry though and the wind has dropped to a W4.
Around the point with Bunty I thought that more birds would have been affected by the cold inland, resulting in more activity here but little had changed since the last visit.
4 Rock Pipits were on the washed up weed, two beginning to look like 'littoralis' types, showing a greyer, cleaner plumage than the olivey 'petrosus' nearby. They were whiter below with a paler supercillium, features not shown by the other two.
In the small bay on the point a nice mix of waders fed, 10 Ringed Plover, the first double figure count for ages, 1 Grey Plover, 3 Bar tailed Godwits, 7 Dunlin and 2 Sanderling. 14 Linnets flew from the seaweed covered rocks and a Sparrowhawk flushed from the tideline.
I stopped in the village to see the ross's gull (!). Needless to say, there was no sign, but I did have 1 Snipe lift from the rocks, probably frozen out of its usual haunt and 14 Red breasted Mergansers were on the sea.
A lady out with her dog stopped me and asked if she needed to report the finding of a dead Otter to anyone. She then took me to see it, about a hundred or two yards north of the village. It was a three quarter grown cub and looked as if it had climbed up the cliff and died under a stunted hawthorn. There were no apparent causes of death. The photo was taken after I moved it into the open.
Such a pity, I haven't seen one here before. This is probably one of the ones seen by TF in the Howick bay in the autumn.
On my way to Alnwick 4 Buzzards disputed territory over the A1 at Denwick.