Sunday, 11 January 2015


A foray to Nortumberlands' finest locations this morning/afternoon produced a few noteworthy / useful "year ticks" and a couple of ommissions too.

Snow Buntings at Cambois were decent, with 16-17 present at the start of the outer pier, just south of the Alcan Hoppers.

At Warkworth Lane Tundra Bean Geese were still present, along with 7 Whooper Swan

Widdrington Moor lake was quiet over two visits...

East Chevington was where the action was - the Black-necked Grebe was accompanied by an unexpected Black-throated Diver and a Long-tailed Duck, with a bonus Eurasian White-fronted Goose among the Grey-lags on the entrance road. I'll not count the two Bar-headed Geese.

Druridge was difficult - hods of Eurasian Teal, but not a sniff of the Green-winged... probably still around, but the gusty conditions may not have helped, with many keeping in the grass.

West Hartford at dusk did not provide the hoped-for, and perhaps as compensation, Pink-footed Geese over the house later in the evening, ending another dour weekend.

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