Sunday, 11 January 2015


Difficult conditions again today in the strong westerly wind. Hopes to see the Green-winged Teal at Druridge came to nothing despite four visits over the day. Very cold and windy at the Budge screen, the only bird of note was a female Pintail. Success however on the Bean Goose front. 3 were showing well by the caravan site at Warkworth Lane, in a field with Canada and Greylag Geese plus 6 Whooper Swan.

Up to East Chevington and the Black-throated Diver was seen immediately along with the long staying Black-necked Grebe and Long-tailed Duck. An otter was again showing at the north end of the pond.

At Widdrington the Hen Harrier gave excellent scope views as it quartered the rough grass at the far side of the lake. Just a shame it was too far for photos.

Distant Hen Harrier
Called into Big Waters on the way home where I had brief views of a Brambling. Plenty of Tree Sparrow on the feeders here and 2 Willow Tit in the wood.

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