Monday, 12 January 2015


The crap, windy weather continues. Eventually dragged myself out of my pit and headed down to Quarrington Hill to try for the Rough-legged Buzzard. Some excellent directions from Paul H meant that after a short walk I quickly picked up the bird soaring over the old tip. Excellent views with the bird hanging in the wind, but always facing away from me.

Rough-legged Buzzard

Also here was a Jack Snipe, flushed from the rough grass.

Jack Snipe
Back to Gateshead and Tree Sparrows were on the feeders by the hide. On the pool a Gadwall, 4 Wigeon and large numbers of Teal. 3 Pink-footed Geese dropped in and landed in fields to the east.

Pink-footed Goose wall art
Pink-footed Geese
At Burdon Moor 40+ Skylark were braving the strong wind and cold with 20+ Fieldfare. At Far Pasture a Kingfisher was perched in the reeds and 2 Chiffchaff moved through with a Long-tailed Tit flock.


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