Saturday, 23 July 2016

Mixed week

The week started where it left off on Sunday. Cetaceans were the stars again of Monday's seawatch with 12+ Bottlenose and 5 White-beaked Dolphin, backed up by a couple of Harbour Porpoise. Star bird was a Mediterranean Gull that flew past, close in. Full results here.

Butterfly and dragon hunting on Monday and Tuesday was surprisingly disappointing with red-hot, sunny weather failing to coax them out.

A trip up to Aberdeen on Wednesday and Thursday was planned to get better views of the White-winged Scoter. A Surf Scoter was seen within a few minutes, but despite many hours in almost constant heavy rain the target couldn't be found among the much-diminished Scoter flock. Good crack, so not a wasted trip.

At Shibdon on Friday night a Little Egret spent some time on the tree covered island. A single Snipe was the first of the autumn and a pair of Oystercatcher had brought their single fully-grown chick to feed at the pond.

Little Egret
Today was seawatching from Whitburn, before the chaos of the airshow. A flat sea and full early cloud meant good viewing with a good movement of Little Tern. 14+ White-beaked Dolphin spent a fair while in view, with one enjoying itself, constantly breaching. Full results here.

White-beaked Dolphin
I ended up this afternoon at Derwent Reservoir where there were 2 Greenshank, but only single Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. An Osprey flew the full length of the reservoir to have a half-hearted look for fish while hovering high in the sky. A family party of Spotted Flycatcher were by the hide.


Emerald Damsel

The Little Egret was at Shibdon again tonight along with a Shoveler. 2 Grasshopper Warbler were still reeling at Burdon Moor.

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