Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Plenty of 'string' on the pager today. Just as well its 600 miles away on Scilly. They didn't have - Hudsonian Whimbrel ( twas a Whimbrel), Blue winged Teal ( Garganey) and, best of all, Bearded Seal ( Grey Seal)...man, get a grip! Is Red eyed Vireo, Blackpoll and Sociable Plover not good enough.

Anyway, back to basics....

4 Redwings arrived over our yard first thing this morning. Later, at work, a Jay flew over Bedlington carrying its 'shopping' to bury for winter.

This evening in the twilight I walked Bunty around Seaton Point. Another 3 Redwings flushed and flew off west, a Goldcrest was settling down to roost in a hawthorn and on the beach 3 pale bellied Brent Geese fed only a few yards away on the falling tide.

Better pager news, a drake American Wigeon is at Fenham Flats ( sounds like it should be near the Regents Centre, its at Lindisfarne). If you catch the tide just right and search through several thousand Wigeon you might be lucky. Its not as bad as it sounds really, the tower hide gives great views of the area, but try and catch a rising tide, about half way in...

3 comments:

Newton Stringer said...

The joys of birding on scilly eh... surprised that annual izzy wheatear hasn't been reported yet....

I was stood next to a bloke there once who told me he'd got a rustic bunting... when it emerged from the bush it was a dunnock !!

On the same trip I joined a crowd of about 15 birders watching a common rosefinch, "where is it in relation to the linnet" I asked.....

The Grocer said...

I've just noticed that we have a self seeded Hazel in the garden, I am convinved that it is as a result of last winter's Jay which was burying everything that moved, now where's that other baby...

Boulmer Birder said...

NS - Dont you just love em...

G - They'll tek owt them crows...