Thursday, 30 July 2009

Not exactly an invasion

but yes we have a wader. Yesterday evening a single Dunlin fed at the flash in the horse field alongside numerous Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit and Starling who eventually started bathing and sent the visitor flying away eastward. An inland breeding bird returning to the coast perhaps?
94 Dunlin
Yesterday morning saw two young Buzzards soaring over the wood begging from an adult flying nearby. As I watched over the next ten minutes 8 Snipe circled overhead, 3 Kestrel hunted nearby and 31 Mistle Thrush in groups of 3-11 flew northeast, presumably to feed in the cut grass fields near Banks Pond. The majority were likely disturbed from the roost at the west end of the wood by the Buzzards but some of the birds were seen returning toward Ponteland in the evening.
Out this morning out to check for more waders but just the fourteen Greylag Geese flew in from the east to feed in the large grass field and a young Fox was slinking along behind Mayfair cottage being dive bombed by Swallows .

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