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Monday, 29 December 2008

29-12-08 Whoopers & Waxwings

Started off at QE11 pond but not much around there next stop Linton pond, plenty of Herring Gulls and a good number of Great Black-backs but no Glaucous or Iceland , a birder came in a said there where 30 odd Redpolls along the path to the east hide and Boulmer Birder came in next with a report of Waxwings just along the road , so not having seen much in the hour I was there I left, the only sign of redpolls where perhaps the flock of small birds that went over the far side into the trees at the top of the hill, the Waxwings were along the road next to the field off the A1068 they where dropping down to feed in the hedges, unfortunately the light was very poor , sods law the birds continued to feed as I sat in the car trying to get some shots I moved off and got the scope on them for some video,
about 30 Whoopers came over heading towards Longhirst but turned and came down into the pools in the field also 4 Redshank here, also still here is the 5 White Fronted Geese, I thought Whoopers would turn up here at some time , a scan with the scope did not reveal the hoped for Bewick's , in the field beside the tip a flock of well over a 1000 Pinkfeet spent the afternoon taking off around 3pm, you can just here them on the video.

Waxwings just west of the roundabout off the A1068

Whooper 2J60


Stewart said...

Love the video Brian....

Border Reiver said...

Cracking shots of the Waxies. Very impressive

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks they were very co-operative,unlike the light/weather, one is very short I know but I liked it , you can just hear the Pinkfeet in the other

Blyth Birder said...

Nice Brian.

Had some of mine own this morning but too distant and flighty for photography.

All the best for 2009.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks there are some still on South Beach but thats all I know, check your garden, would be a good start to the year.