Saturday, 21 October 2017

B is for Bee Eater and Bunting

B is for Bee Eater and Bunting
After being unable to get down for the Bee Eater due to work I was looking forward to Saturday, would it be still there?. On arriving at Druridge Pools the signs weren't great, it had been seen but had flown North towards East Chevington so I headed off in that direction, it was very quiet only Stonechats and a large flock of Linnets so I headed back to Druridge, it was a good move as within minutes the bird had turned up and sparkled as it perched on a nearby fence, leaving only to feed on passing insects. Home for a spot of lunch then over to Low Newton for a very smart looking Little Bunting which was feeding amongst the upper branches of a tree near the Tin Church and was much appreciated by all present. 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Some of the Interesting Birds about!

Today, Tuesday 10th October: Monks House Pool: 1 Avocet; at Stag (Harkness) Rocks: 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 late Arctic Terns, scores of Eiders; Budle Bay: c6,000 Barnacle Geese with 1 Snow Goose, hundreds of Pinkfeet, 4 Little Egrets & 1 second-year Glaucous Gull.
( Specked- Wood Butterfly also at Budle Bay, a late occurrence)
 2 days ago, Sunday 8th October: Holy Island: c2,000 Pinkfeet, 7 Little Egrets, 1 Merlin.
Goswick Golf Course: juvenile Long-tailed Skua, (still there on Tues. 10th).
Last Tuesday 3rd October: a local estimated 30,000 Pinkfeet at Aberlady Bay. (1 Little Egret also seen there together with many species of wildfowl & waders!)