What looked like a grim drizzly day turned out not so bad really. It was a summery 8 degrees and fair with a moderate NW4 breeze. On the coast the snow has all but gone, but it is still white inland.
As last month we parked JWR's car at Boulmer and walked north back to my house for my car then back to Boulmer.
First bird of the day was a Peregrine flying steadily north over Boulmer Hall farm. I saw a Peregrine later on in the afternoon near Ratcheugh that may be the same one.
We had caught the tide just right, and it was just beginning to fall back when we started, making the waders feed at reasonably close range.
Ringed Plover 4
Grey Plover 18
Purple Sandpiper 3
Bar tailed Godwit 55 an excellent count and possibly a record for me at this site. The norm here is somewhere between 14 and 28 birds.
Curlew 7 an opposite to the Godwits. There are usually 200 - 300 here.
Redshank 23 again low numbers.
Only a few wildfowl -
Mute Swan 2 flew in and landed on the sea.
Red breasted Merganser 1
Some of the Bar tailed Godwit flock...
From the Howick Burn we walked back via the Long Walk up the dene. In here we had 3 Treecreepers, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Woodcock, 1 Sparrowhawk and 3 Buzzards.
Near home 2 Water Rails were still squealing in the Vilage Wood. Unseen.