Monday, 11 February 2013

Staying local

After an average webs count yesterday myself and DMcK explored the patch. It wasn't off to a good start as we got to West Hartford and a local youth football team were preforming some military style training exercise along the old road but fortunately they never went further than the rubbish pile. But that wasn't everything as a lass on roller skates wearing a tiger print onesie was being pulled along by a Pitbull Terrier, only in Cramlington!
Suprisingly this flushed all the gulls and a lone Lapwing from the pools but we did get there in time to see the LBB Gull flying off. The pair of Stonechat were chasing each other from fence post to fence post near the smaller pool. Hartford Wood and the steps down to the riverside were quiet although 3 Cormorants flew east along the river together.

After leaving WH we walked through the Nelson Industrial Estate which was Waxwingless and ended up at Nelson Village. Around 100 Redwing and a single Mistle Thrush were feeding in the horse paddocks on the edge of the village. They made for a spectacular site as they all flew off on mass as a Sparrowhawk dived through the flock. Also a Grey Wagtail called as it flew over Crowhall Lane.

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