Monday, 16 November 2015

Water Pipit

Seawatching this morning from Whitburn in a strong WSW. Not a great haul, but enough to keep me entertained for a couple of hours.

Common Scoter    6n   2s
Black-throated Diver    1n
Whooper Swan    52s
Red-throated Diver    3n   15s
Fieldfare    1 in off
Teal    11n   6s
Golden Plover    61s
Pink-footed Geese    350+s
Wigeon    5n   1s
Goldeneye    1n
Bonxie    1n

Pulled up at Boldon Flats on the way home to see the 3 Greenland White-fronted Geese and was immediately shown a Water Pipit that had just been found. This showed superbly as it fed in short grass along the water's edge, allowing some phone scope shots. The White-fronts were on show further back.

Water Pipit

Greenland White-fronted Geese
Hoping for a Gateshead Water Pipit I then checked Lamesley. No pipit, but there were another 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese, only the second record for Gateshead.
Greenland White-fronted Goose

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