Saturday, 17 January 2015


An early start at Newton Scrape this morning failed to turn up the Bewick's Swan. There were single White-front and Pink-foot with the Greylag flock and 100+ Wigeon were huddled together by the frozen scrape.

Headed north to Stag Rocks via a bacon sarnie in Seahouses. A bit better than of recent with Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Slavonian Grebe, 2 Long-tailed Duck and 50+ Common Scoter. A flock of 16 Snow Bunting flew north, low over the sea.

Back to Newton where a small group of Mute and Whooper Swan had arrived along with a smaller bird asleep with its head out of sight. After a few minutes it woke and popped its head up to show it was a Bewick's.

Distant Bewick's and Mute Swans
An hour spent at Druridge sifting through the Teal again failed to turn up the Green-winged.

The last hour of daylight I headed up to Burdon Moor where I had a Short-eared Owl, 40+ Skylark, 20+ Fieldfare, 31 Yellowhammer and 3 Reed Bunting.