Saturday, 3 January 2009

New Year

Was out early with Steve Holiday and D McKeown on thursday. We started at Cresswell where the highlights were 2 Scaup near the causeway and 59 Whooper Swan.
Hempscott hill links, Twite and a Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.
Linton roundabout had 5 White Fronted Geese- Lifer fly over towards Linton Lane, where we caught up with them on the larger pond.
Newbiggin had 4 Med Gulls on the beach. At West Hartford we flushed 3 snipe and a moorhen in the area where we heard the Water Rail a few weeks ago.
A Cormorant flying over and a Goldcrest calling at the entrance where good additions to my patch list.
At Arcot pond 2 Goldeneye - patch tick, flew around the pond and a Woodcock was flushed.
Next at Dinnington our first owl of the year was a Little Owl sitting on a fence post.
Not a bad start to the year with 74 species in total.


Rare Visitor said...

It's nice to know that there are some young chaps out there who like to help the old folk. Which retiremnet home is Steve in? I might drop in one day:)

Crammy Birder said...

'Steve says, retirement is (regrettably) a long way off, but he recommends you need to close the shop a couple of days a week and get more birding done - the Citrine Wag find was far too long ago :).'