Thursday, 14 July 2016

Druridge Bay

 A trip up to Druridge Bay to look for waders proved fruitless on the wader front, but ended up being a good morning. At Cresswell Grasshopper, Sedge and Reed Warbler were singing while a Barn Owl flew over as I parked the car. Just a handful of Dunlin and a sitting Avocet on the pond.

Ten Black-tailed Godwit were on the Budge Field at Druridge, but there was no sign of the Great White Egret seen earlier.

At East Chevington 3 juvenile and the adult male Marsh Harrier gave an excellent show over the cut field by the south pool. The young birds were constantly harassing the adult bird.

Marsh Harrier
At the beach there were few terns, but a couple of flocks of Common Scoter flew north along with a Whimbrel leading 3 Bar-tailed Godwit. Two Great Crested Grebe were on the sea here. The young Cuckoo that's been hanging around made an appearance and I managed a phone-scoped shot.

The best bits of the morning were the two flower 'ticks' pointed out by Dave E. A couple of Dark-green Fritillary were zooming around, too quick for photos.

Marsh Helleborine
A quick look at Burdon Moor this afternoon gave no birds, but there were loads of Ringlet and my first Small Skipper of the year.

No Quail
Scorpion Fly
Northern Marsh Orchid

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