Saturday, 1 September 2012

Autumn approaches

Before I forget, again, I was up at Warkworth Gut on Monday with the family and had 7 Little Egrets feeding in the channel viewed from the wooden bridge.

Tuesdays autumnal feel continued this morning in Druridge Bay with SH. The highlights at a very quiet East Chevington were 2 Greenshank, which flew around the islands on the north pool, a single female Pintail and 2 Snipe.
From the Budge hide at Druridge Pools, 2 Shoveler were lurking in the grass and a juvenile Marsh Harrier struggled against the wind over the far plantation.
The Pink Footed Goose was still amongst the 87 Greylags at Cresswell Pond. Yellow Wagtails were still calling and Ruff still present. Groups of Hirundines were all along the bay not flying anywhere just feeding presumably fattening up before their journey home for the winter. Amongst a group of House Martins and Swallows at Cresswell were 2 Swifts.
Also a juvenile Cuckoo flew from the wires just outside Cresswell Village back towards the pond.

On the way back we stopped at Snab Point for a few minute. A few large rafts of Common Scoter flew north and a lot of Teal were also moving north. Whilst at East Chev and Druridge we could see Teal flying over the dunes and landing on the pools ready for the autumn.

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