Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Phalarope Fail

News of a Red-necked Phalarope at East Chevington came too late last night, so an early start had me up there at 04.20. Unfortunately the bird had already flown and checks of the country park and Hauxley drew a blank. Highlights were 8 Little Gull, Bearded Tit, 3 Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier and a late Whooper Swan at East Chevington, while 31 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Mandarin were at Druridge. The Whooper Swan had a distinct kink in the neck and had been seen flying north past Whitburn on Monday.

Barn Owl at dawn
Sleeping Mandarin