It was rather cold tonight, but the clear conditions were enough to get me out for a couple of visits. Late afternoon was quiet and is hardly worth a mention.
Late evening - dusk was much cooler but more satisfactory, as the first scan west to east over the fields, River Blyth and pond produced the aforementioned migrant - a mighty osprey!
Actually, this was almost predictable... the north-east has seen a good passage of these fish-hawks through the region today - indeed, a quick scan of RBA reveals three in Durham and one in Northumberland...
It looked a bit like this -
|Osprey - Florida, January 2006|
... but it was really quite far away! The bird was a couple of hundred feet up, loafing in a NW direction , roughly above the River Blyth. It's funny how things turn out - Phil and I had been talking earlier this week about new birds for West Hartford (I fancy a Spoonbill by the way!) - and we never really discussed osprey...
|Osprey - Arcot Pond, May 2003|
So, with osprey added to the West Hartford list (I must count my tally up...), here are my anticipated species for the future -
- Spoonbill - why not? If Castle Island can draw them in no reason why WH can't either
- Little Egret - long overdue, beaten by its' larger relative last week!
- Tawny Owl - already seen and heard by others, I've been too lazy to venture out at the right time.
- Pectoral Sandpiper - Arcot has had them in the autumn, other waders have found WH to their liking...
- Bittern - There is a nice reed bed forming south of the pool, may be one hard winter will bring one in?
- Red Kite - only a matter of time.
- Reed Warbler - habitat getting better.
- Great Grey Shrike - outside chance on passage - Arcot has had one
- Common Redstart - infrequent through Cramlington on passage (though I did have one in my parents garden many moons ago!)
- Cuckoo - a tricky bird in Cramlington, but possible.