This morning JWR and myself headed up west towards Powburn to do John's WeBs count at the very scenic Branton and Hedgely Pits. The first frost of autumn was covering the grass in a shaded area on route.
I like this spot. Although rare finds are few and far between here, there is always plenty to look at, and there are never any other birders ( or anyone come to that).
Highlights today at Branton, above, included 24 Goosander, a Water Rail swimming between Little Grebes, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Green Sandpiper, 20 Lesser black backed Gulls and a reasonable show of wildfowl. Hedgely as usual was quieter with 7 Little Grebes being noteworthy.
On the way back to Alnwick, Buzzards seemed to be everywhere with ones and twos along the route, but 12 together near Eglingham merited a stop of the car.
A few odd Jays were seen flying between oaks too.
The autumn colours are now starting to show, but this is a short period. Winter will be here in a few weeks...