Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wild Goose Chase

Off to a good start with a Little Owl by the road over Burdon Moor.

A wind swept Greenabella Marsh held 14 freshly arrived Avocet, 8 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Black-tailed Godwit
After a cuppa at Dorman's Pool, where there were 37 Gadwall, I headed for Saltholme.
First up was the Waxwing which fed on the edge of a Hawthorn hedge. A Weasel dashed across the path here.
Next was the Long-eared Owl which took some finding. After a fair bit of scanning I eventually picked it up deep in a Elder bush. Not the best of photos!

Long-eared Owl
The walk to the Saltholme hide did not produce any Twite, but a Fox strolled close to the path.

At the Saltholme hide Green-winged Teal appeared after a short wait and showed well, although distant.

Green-winged Teal
On the drive back north I stopped off at Newburn Bridge for the adult Mediterranean Gull.
Mediterranean Gull
Lamesley was quiet with just a couple of Wigeon, so I headed west to Whittledene. The Green Sandpiper was seen almost immediately in the overflow stream.
Green Sandpiper
Before I could go looking for the Bean Geese I got the news that the Egyptian Goose was still at North Shields.
Not easy to get to quickly, the bird had flown across the bay towards Collingwood's monument by the time I arrived. Sadly the bird looked exhausted and having evaded being taken into care will be lucky to make it through the night.
Egyptian Goose

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