With some promising weather conditions I was feeling optimistic when I headed to Newbiggin with SH this morning. We stopped at Woodhorn Church yard first and thoroughly checked the hedgerow between the church yard and the train track.
Within a few minutes 20+ Song Thrush worked their way along the hedgerow along with high numbers of Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Goldcrest and a single Redwing. A few warblers were tacking and calling from the deepest cover and whilst listening Steve picked up the call and song of a bird I have been meaning to catch up with for a while, a Yellow Browed Warbler- Lifer. It showed well on and off climbing up the bare area of the hedgerow picking off berries as it went. Once the YB Warbler had got to the top of the hedge it flew into the trees nearer the train tracks before flying towards the church yard.
The Mound was fairly quiet with a Spotted Flycatcher being the only bird of note. After the Mound we gave the Golf course a thrash. The bushes around the side of the Ash Lagoon held only a Whitethroat and a Garden Warbler and we could only find a Goldcrest and a Redstart which were both hiding in the bushes alongside the small stream running through the course.
When we started looking around the bushes at Cambois the drizzle had stopped and the birds had started to get quieter, but we did manage to find a couple more Goldcrest, Redwing and a Spotted Flycatcher.
On the way home we checked West Hartford where 3 Dunlin- Patch Tick, were amongst the Lapwing and Gulls. Also a Goldcrest was in the hedgerow behind the substation plantation.
115 - Dunlin