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14th October North East

Posted by meg33 on October 15, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Well ive had a major building project on the go in the house so no birding till today, (need a break and Leave stuff to Dry).

So decided id head over to Northumberland and Durham. Headed for Marden Quarry where a 1st winter Lesser Scaup had been present. It took me Bloody ages to find the site. A birder was already on site but had not been able to find it. So i moved around the small pond a little to find the LESSER SCAUP smack bang in the middle of the pond. It gave nice scope views and was a nice addition to the year list.

Lesser Scaup

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Next i moved onto St Marys Island where i managed to find 2 Yellow browed warblers, although these may have been here the day before. Bramblings were flying over all the time as were Redwings. Chiffchaffs and Goldcrest were present as were 400 Golden Plover, a check through them proved fruitless. I then Moved onto Whitburn where a Redflanked Bluetail had been caught and ringed and so managed to find this bird although views were always brief. it had been caught 4 times so was very shy. Another Yellow browed warbler was calling as i walked down to the Bluetail site. Was it a ringers tape lure?

Finished off at Prestwick Carr where a lovely looking Short-eared Owl was sitting on a fence, 2 Hen Harriers showed well a male and a ringtail,6 Common Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. Had a quick search for Long-eared owl but seems they had moved from there normal Roost. 3 Whinchat were my first of the year surprisingly.

Id had an Excellent Day.

Short-eared Owl

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