Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday morning - Coquet Estuary.



Nine Whooper Swans, only 1 juvenile.
The weather was quite inclement this morning with a strong westerly wind and a few squally showers coming through. We had a trip to the Coquet Estuary, checking out Amble Harbour to Warkworth Beach car park. As could be expected in this weather, it was generally quiet, but a few things of interest were seen.

A party of 9 Whooper Swans arrived from the east to settle on the river below Warkworth weir for  a spell before heading off further south.  Nearby along at the Marina, a nice drake Scaup, a female Common Scoter and a winter plumaged Great crested Grebe swan around beside the boats.

There were plenty of Wigeon, Teal and common waders in wintering areas too.

Up in the scrub, only a few Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Robins, with a male Stonechat gave cause to lift the bins...

As the days grow ever shorter, its easy to pine for spring or summer or easterlies or northerlies or whatever, but it pays to appreciate just what we have, every time we get out there, its all fantastic!  


Scaup at distance with a Wigeon.

Herring Gull fly by...

3 comments:

amanda peters said...

I have only ever seen one Whooper Swans, beautiful bird. Great photos.
Amanda

Stewart said...

Hi Amanda, we used to get flocks of 150 here 25 years ago, but now you are lucky to see a third of that total....

The Wessex Reiver said...

I love whoopers. I remember being on Islay a few years back when a party of half a dozen landed on a lochan having literally just arrived on migration south. I sat there with Malcolm Ogilvie and we just listened to their contact callings in a wild windswept landscape. Doesn't get any better than that. Nice piccys too