Woke up Saturday to find the gloom had descended so the morning was spent doing Bird Club paperwork which, by the time completed, the skies had cleared and then returned to murk. Went out to see what was about on the Carr but things were fairly quiet and with little hope of owls the time was spent in a mexican standoff with the deer. No way of getting close to them in the open but I've now identified two with antlers.
Bill regaled me of a Shelduck present on the flood Friday as a flock of 24 Teal swooped around startled by a passing Sparrowhawk. Now Shelduck last year evaded my list which was strange given the extent of flooding and I was delighted to find said specimen asleep on Pringles Pond with the pair of Mute Swans that seem to have made it home. Meanwhile the white chested Buzzard taunted me from a distance.
I must smell. Why won't anything come close?
Out today with good intentions of a birding morning via Bywell, Corbridge and Whittle Dene. On the way called in at the far end of the Carr and was delighted to see a flock of 93 Pinkfooted Geese with a couple of Greylag but predictably, on the other side of a foggy field. Oh well off on my trip the least said about which the better. On unpacking the gear at Bywell a strange hissing was heard from the rear nearside tyre and the rest of the morning was spent getting home and repairing same. Anyway, numbers 64 and 65 on the Prestwick Carr list for 2010 is some consolation.