Saturday, 7 March 2015

White Wings

It was all about swans and gulls from Whitburn this morning. A good movement of Whooper Swan and the first flock was dragging along a Bewick's Swan. A distant Iceland Gull moved south, while a very close Glaucous Gull flew north. A Moorhen hurtling north just outside the window was a surprise. A steady stream of Gannet and Kittiwake were moving south.

Shelduck    2n  2s
Common Scoter    1n  2s
Moorhen    1n
Whooper Swan    115n
Bewick's Swan    1n
Red-throated Diver    1n  2s
Iceland Gull    1s
Canada Goose    1n with Whoopers
Eider    1s
Grey Wagtail    1s
Goosander    5n
Lesser Black-backed Gull    1n
Glaucous Gull    1n
Pink-footed Geese    66n

All quiet around Gateshead. 25 Lesser Black-backed Gull and an Oystercatcher at Shibdon. Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank and a Wigeon at Lamesley. 2 Redpoll at Far Pasture. 25 Curlew and a Red Kite at Burdon Moor. Drake Teal at Watergate. No sign of the Long-tailed Duck on the Tyne.

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