Friday, 12 April 2013

April showers

With the weather looking worse for the Sunday myself and SH did the Castle Island webs count this morning. The only birds of note were 8 Shelduck and 6 Gadwall.

The rain was light but constant and after finding out there had been Ring Ouzel, Snow Bunting and Black Redstart at Newbiggin yesterday we headed there to check for migrants.

We walked form Church Point to Beacon Point and eventually we found 2 Wheatear on the rocks just off Beacon Point. Nothing was amongst the gorse on the way across the golf course but a Short Eared Owl was flying over the south end of the Ash Bank.
The path through the new plantation south of the Mound was the most active area. A few Robins and 20+ Blackbirds were on the path along with Red Wing, Mistle Thrush and a nice male Ring Ouzel, two had been seen half and hour before.

We didn’t find anything else so headed back and stopped at West Hartford. Nothing new there apart from a pair of Crossbill showing well ij the tree tops just behind the substation.


Northumbrian Birding said...

I have looked for those Crossbills numerous times while at the site ,and still nnot hit on to them !!
I was over a new area (to me) west of rail line to Arcot and the west road, a ploughed field by the rail(footbridge) has a pond in with 15 LBB , not much else
2 Chiff , but it was very cold

Crammy Birder said...

That pond has had Ringed Plover and Redshnak in the past but not much else as it often dries up.