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16th October 2011 North East

Posted by meg33 on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Well Keith fancied a trip over to the North East and he twisted my arm to go ;-).

And boy what a day we had. I picked Keith up at 7 and were then on our way to our first stop Saltholme pools, as we drove past one of the pools we saw 4 white geese, we new there had been 4 snow geese reported.. Wow what a start.... Ah wait a min on closer inspection 4 farmyard geese DRAT!. So onto the Saltholme car park and straight into the hide where a Glossy ibis was showing exceptionally well, although my pics don't really do it justice. Other species here were a Female Garganey, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit and a very close Water Rail. We then moved onto the main pools by the road but nothing of real note, Greenshank, Golden plover and Dunlin were pick of the waders. Pintail were plentiful.

Glossy Ibis

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Ruff

Garganey

Next onto Allotment pool to see if we could see the Blue-winged teal but no luck, another Water Rail was the only bird of note.

We then headed for Hartlepool and stumbled upon some ringers, a Yellow-browed Warbler had been seen. After 20 min or so we finally got good views of this stunning little phylosc.

After watching this little gem for a while we moved onto Whitburn, where the Red-flanked Bluetail was still present and today showed better than the views I got on Friday. I also managed this record shot. Again the tape lure was going for Yellow browed warbler so it was impossible to no if there was one around.

Red-flanked Bluetail

What a day we were having.

Next stop was for the Lesser Scaup at Marden Quarry which was again showing from the middle of the pond but it was nice to see again.

Moved onto St Marys Island to do a short seawatch, where we almost got stranded by the tide whoops lol. Birds of Note were 2-4 Bonxie following fishing boats, a Sandwich tern, 6 Little Gull, Eider a Peregrine and a few Red-throated Diver. Pick of the waders were a Purple Sandpiper, Sanderling and Bar-tailed Godwit. A quick walk around the willows on the reserve proved fruitless.

We Finished off at Prestwick Carr again, and incredible place for Short-eared Owls, where after a longish couple hour wait produce probably 9-11 Birds, incredible, really incredible. Keith picked up a ring-tailed Hen Harrier and a couple of Whinchat were still present. Pics below taken when it was almost dark

Short-eared Owl

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What an amazing finish to an Amazing day... I think Keith enjoyed it too 5 Lifers for him!!!

 

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