Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Not a bad day today. This afternoon has a light easterly breeze and is generally cool and quite bright.

Out with the trusty hound around Boulmer provided me with another addition to the patch year list - Stock Dove. One attempted to land in the Bowmere Turnip field ( alas now all eaten by hungry sheep. The field looks like a plague of locusts has been at it) before thinking better of it and flying off north. This field looks good for the likes of Lapland Buntings or the first Wheatears. While a lot of birds fed there, there was nothing of real note. There were 17+ Pied Wagtails, 12+ Reed Buntings, 10+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Skylark, 10 Tree Sparrows, 35 Linnets and 3 pairs of Grey Partridges.

After our walk we had 10 minutes look at the sea, where 50 Gannets and a couple of Kittiwakes flew N. 7 Rock Pipits were on the shore with 9 Knot.

Driving back up towards home, 7 Whooper Swans flew N over head and 5 Common Buzzards were 'kettling' above the small plantation. 5 Buzzards, all in the same binocular view, is an excellent record for here. Still no proper spring migrants though.

80. Stock Dove.

5 comments:

Northumbrian Birding said...

7 Whooper North over St Marys Island about 2:45
Brian

Boulmer Birder said...

Ah! That'll be them I bet....

oldcrow61 said...

What marvelous outings you have and what better than your trusty hound beside you. Lovely!

East Ayton Birding said...

Sort of back on line with a new site BB - any chance of being restored back onto the links.

http://eastaytonbirding.zenfolio.com

Boulmer Birder said...

OC - Many thanks.

Dave - Done!