Sunday, January 11, 2015

On the rocks...

A dull breezy day today so I only spent a couple of hours out. Firstly a short seawatch from Craster, the northernmost end of the patch was uneventful, but I stuck with it for an hour and added one species to the list when 3 Common Scoter flew N. Other than that, only 3 Red throated Divers were noteworthy.

Down at the harbour and rock edges, there were no white winged gulls, but 2 Purple Sandpipers with Turnstones sheltered near the boat launch and 3 Rock Pipits were nearby.

Back home for some breakfast, then a short wander west, up the back hedge towards an emergent part of the Whin Sill known as Hips Heugh. 8 Snipe flushed from a marshy corner and 40 Pink footed Geese flew south. Yesterday's thrushes were nowhere to be seen, but well over a hundred Linnets, maybe 2 or 300 were in the field.

I also scouted out a spot for Grasshopper and Sedge Warbler in the spring. Both being quite scarce on site, though they are recorded most years.

Purple Sandpiper, Craster Harbour.
68. Common Scoter
69. Purple Sandpiper
70. Snipe
71. Pink footed Goose


Findlay Wilde said...

The Purple Sandpiper pictures are just great. I've never seen one yet.

Stewart said...

A regular species on our rocky coasts here Findlay. Never abundant but regular small parties of up to 6 at a time. There is a bigger wintering flock of over 100 birds at Stag Rocks, Bamburgh, about 12 miles north of here.

oldcrow61 said...

Great shots Stewart.

Stewart said...

Thanks OC...