Wednesday, 6 January 2016

More weather

I braved the elements at Whitburn obs again this morning. The wind slightly more east than southeast making it even colder and wetter, but again some good birds. Some cracking views of Bonxies and 2 Brent Geese south just below us were new for the year.


Kittiwake    1n   60s
Bonxie    1n   3s
Red-throated Diver    2n   5s
Brent Goose    2s
Shag    2n   1s
Gannet    1n   7s
Eider    12n
Little Auk    9n   19s
Goldeneye    7n   3s
Velvet Scoter    2n   3s
Little Gull    2n   10s
Blue Fulmar    4s
Common Scoter    3n   3s
Teal    3n


A stop at the flooded fields just off Moor Lane between Sunderland Road and Boldon Flats gave the 7 White-fronted and 3 Pink-footed Geese.

Back in Gateshead I took advantage of the heavy rain to visit Watergate free of dog-walkers. It paid off and I was rewarded with good views of Green Woodpecker, Water Rail and Kingfisher. At Shibdon 3 Lesser Redpoll were feeding just outside the hide, but a bit quiet otherwise. Still no Dipper on a very swollen Derwent.

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