Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday 29th August 2008
Today was overcast and humid with a light W3.
At lunchtime I gave Cresswell Pond a half hour scan. It was quite good...
A Merlin was perched up on some clods of earth in the field across the north end of the pond and showed well in the scope before dashing off north. A good show of waders included 1 juv Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, 8 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Black tailed Godwit and 16 Dunlin. My first returning Goldeneye was here along with 8+_ Wigeon a Little Grebe and a Common Tern.
At Ashington Community Woodland there were 2 Southern Hawkers ( do they ever land!), 6+ each Common and Ruddy Darters, 10 Emerald Damsels...4+ Peacocks and 2 Walls were the only Butterflies and 4 Crossbills flew over the tree tops.
A walk at the north end of Boulmer tonight had 4 Black tailed Godwits with 7 Bar tails in the flock of 234+ Curlews. Black tails are scarce here as there is no fresh water, these were out on the rocks...