Monday, April 07, 2008
Today was cold and wet with some heavy sleet showers, but then, spring burst through at tea time to leave a nice bright sunny calm evening.
A short afternoon diversion saw me pop in to Bothal Pond then to Longhirst Flash. At the flash the first bird seen was a very white juvenile Iceland Gull walking around eating stuff from the wet grass. My second this year after the adult at Linton. Trev Blake turned up and told me that someone had put this bird on the information services earlier, but I hadn't seen the message. I was lucky just to dip-in on it. Good eh.
Out with Bunty at 6pm around Seaton Point at high tide I was suprised by a new flush of waders. There were 21 Purple Sandpipers ( a record at this site, 5 is the norm), 13 Grey Plover, 4 Knot, 29 Sanderling ( there may have been 59 but I'm not sure if I had duplicated the count by having one mobile flock or two seperate ones)50 Turnstone and a scattering of Dunlin.
Best of all though, on the way home a Barn Owl was hunting the roadside between the two caravan sites near Boulmer. A patch tick for me, and a long expected one...
85. Barn Owl ( 188 at Boulmer for me)