Saturday, 11 December 2010

Looking to roost

After a Snow Bunting less visit to Blyth this afternoon I stopped off at St Mary's Island and joined the merry throng crossing the causeway for no good reason (although I think the cafe may have been open for once). No Long tailed Duck mooching about in north bay and most waders on the shore far away as the tide was out (hence crossing the causeway). A trio of Rock Pipits played nearby one of whom was very confiding but refused to budge from a small area in total shade next to the landing area. So as I headed back to land I noticed the spuggies darting all over the roof of the keepers house looking for their roost spot for the night. As it turned out it appears all of them were male (they weren't) and had a tendency to look to the left.

Meanwhile at home Prestwick Carr has returned to being a lake and the roads have been breached in a number of places resulting in the melt water running out of the ditches and into the central area which is filling up nicely. Good count of 43 species this morning the notables being 120 Teal around the melting edge of ice in the horse paddocks, 15 Yellowhammer at the goats and 4 Goosander flying north.

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