Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Grey Day

The drive north was disappointing with no sign of the Green-winged Teal or Bean Geese. A Grey Plover and 3 Pintail at Druridge were the highlights.

The first bird seen at Bamburgh was the Grey Phalarope, feeding in the wild surf. Easily seen from the car, but I braved the weather for some photos.

Grey Phalarope
Other highlights here were Black-throated Diver and Slavonian Grebe, but again no Velvets among the flocks of Common Scoter.
I stopped south of Swinhoe to scan a flock of gulls and a very distant owl shaped blob turned into a Barn Owl with the help of the scope.
Barn Owl
A few stops further south were uneventful, but 3 adult Mediterranean Gulls were among a large gull flock at Druridge Country Park.
Mediterranean Gull


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