Wednesday, 4 March 2015


The first raptor of the day was a Rough-legged Buzzard from Winter's Gibbet, drifting north west over Harwood Forest. Excellent scope views were had as it was briefly joined by 2 Common Buzzard. Next up were Goshawks with at least two separate birds soaring over the wood and hunting along the moor edge. Another 2 Buzzard were high over the wood along with 2 Raven.

Down to the coast, but after the early success there was no sign of any Marsh Harrier at East Chevington. The Black-necked Grebe has still here and a Water Rail dashed across a ride through the reeds. Another couple of stops along the coast revealed nothing new.

No sign of the Short-eared Owls at Prestwick Carr, perhaps a bit breezy. There were 3 Willow Tit on the feeders by the view point. A Small Tortoiseshell here was my first butterfly of the year.

Shibdon held 2 drake Shoveler, 13 Shelduck and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull.

At Lamesley the 22 Pink-footed Geese were behind Horse World and 2 Oystercatcher were on the water meadows.

The Golden Plover flock on Burdon Moor has built up to 602 along with a small flock of Lapwing. A Curlew was back on territory and 3 Snipe were flushed.


  1. Thanks for putting me onto Goshawk and Raven from the gibbet. After couple of hours in forest, still dipped Crossbills but had closer view of Raven.

  2. Just a shame the Goshawk was so distant.