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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Blyth Harbour and Beach

Monday 22nd Started the  day at Blyth Harbour  in the hope the hard weather had pushed something into its sheltered waters walking along the entrance road 2 Meadow Pipits lifted from the verge and further along a Reed Bunting , a pair of Red breasted Mergansers a Guillemot and about a dozen Eiders in the South harbour , with several Turnstones ,  Redshank and Sanderling along with a single Purple Sandpiper on the beach either side of the pier. (plenty fishermen on the pier end).
Went further along the beach small parties of Sanderling   all the way along to Meggies Burn outflow where there was about 80+ Gulls mostly BHeaded but also about 15 Common Gulls and a few Herring Gulls no sign of any Meds despite the constant effort to check them all, a single juv Kittiwake dip fed with the Black Headed Gulls . Two Skylarks passed overhead new for the year also another Reed Bunting, with further birds across the road along with a pair of Stonechats also new for the year , going further along the beach road  a field opposite with a flooded section near the road held the following : (to view pull in at the toilet block  and north for about 200yds plenty of room to park side on )
225 Pinkfeet
30+ Greylag
60+ Curlew
30+ Redshank
40+ Oystercatchers
50+ Black headed Gulls
20 Common Gulls
10+ Herring Gulls
5 Great Black Backs
c100 Fieldfare
8 Grey Partridge
80+ Golden Plover
c15 Dunlin
4 Lapwings
a f  Mallard
Numerous Starlings
and  flock of small birds to far to I.D.
Heading back towards Blyth 12+ Redwings near the Church and a further 10 Fieldfare up towards Newsham where I walked the fields a Jack Snipe lifted from  the path edge but only another 3 Meadow Pipits added to the list  and despite being about only 1/4 mile away from the coast the snow here was deep and very wet with streams crossing and at one point along the path the fields are simply saturated making walking rather a trudge .
No photos of anything today it rained /hailed /snowed from the time I left home to virtually the time I got back and given that I never even took my camera other than my digi scoping one .
(Edit the Bean Goose was still present on sat the 26th although I could not see it on the 22nd)


Druridge Bay Birding said...

Excellent Title Photo, Got views in field on Sunday through scope. Looking forward to getting on patch tomorrow.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Cheers DBB ,Iv'e got the feeling this bird could drift South over several patches.