Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mandarin

A strong south-southeasterly failed to bring much, other than good numbers of Gannet past Whitburn this morning. The crab sandwich team picked up a juvenile Glaucous Gull as it drifted south, just in front of the obs.

Glaucous Gull
An adult Mediterranean Gull was by the cliff-top car park at Marsden.

Mediterranean Gull
A stop-off at Primrose Nature Reserve on the way home gave point blank views of a drake Mandarin.

Mandarin

Yesterday I found a flock of 15 Waxwing on Whickham Bank, Swalwell while stuck in traffic on the way to work. Today the flock had swollen to 37, but stayed distant while I was there.

Waxwing
Shibdon remains quiet with just 8 Shoveler to speak of. A Pink-foot with the Greylag at Lamseley was a Gateshead year tick. Also here were 17 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler.

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