Monday, 14 April 2014

Close to home

Closer to home today. Had an early start on the off chance that yesterdays Red-rumped Swallow had hung around. No sign today with just a Swallow and 3 Sand Martin moving quickly north. 4 Little Ringed Plover put on a good display.

Little Ringed Plover
A walk around Burdon Moor before breakfast gave 20ish Wheatear in a stiff north westerly.
Another look around Derwent Reservoir failed to give a passing Osprey, but good views of the Long-tailed Duck and a displaying pair of Great Crested Grebe.
Long-tailed Duck
Great Crested Grebe
Up to Edmundbyers and plenty of Red Grouse and Wheatear. A Ring Ouzel kept typically distant and a Merlin made a brief appearance over the ridge. An untagged Red Kite was a constant presence.

Red Grouse
Ring Ouzel
Red Kite

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