It seems like the cold has addled my brain. This is a combined Bank Holiday Post for the weekend. It'll still just take a paragraph or two because I havent seen very much....
Cherry Blossom out in masses at the village entrance, pity I didnt take it when the sky was blue?
The northerly wind settled all weekend with some bright sunshine yesterday.
On Sunday, my seawatch had 5 Common Scoter S and 1 Red throated Diver N along with 5 Sandwich Terns. Along the road to Alnmouth where we had 3 Swifts ( I refuse to call them Common Swifts. You'll hear me when they are a different swift species believe me), a few Sedge Warblers along with Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.
On Sunday pm I walked west through the Hall woods and found a whole pond I had never seen before! It held 20+ Tufted Ducks, 20+ Greylags complete with two broods of 5 and 6 and another adult incubating. At least 3 Herring Gull nests, and Oystercatcher and a dozen House Martins prospecting potential cliff nest sites. A single singing Lesser Whitethroat was my first of the year. Worthy of another visit I think.
The mystery quarry pond...
A male Orange Tip was in the garden.
Early on Monday Bunty wanted out at 5am. This was just in time to see a Tawny Owl still out hunting and sitting up looking at me to the sound of a ringing dawn chorus.
Last night moth trapping had only 10 of 4 common species.
Lets hope that wind swings back south soon...