Had a very pleasant ride out on my bike Sunday afternoon, adding a couple more species to my UK list. More-or-less followed the River Wansbeck out from Morpeth to the North Sea, along tracks and paths, with plenty of birdlife about. First up was
83 Short-eared owl (Bothal)
at one of the smaller ponds to the east of Bothal. Two owls were hunting across the fields, one quite distant but the other coming to within 20-25m for long periods. Also, 4 teal on the pond and 2 reed buntings destroying the bulrushes!
Then further along the river, at Castle Island, my first
84 Great black-backed gull (Castle Island)
of 2012 among a mixed gull flock resting on the exposed mud flats. There were also a good number of Redshank on the mudflats after the weir, probably around 30-40, with 2 Curlew.
Then, this morning, while waiting at Morpeth station, my first singing
85 Chiffchaff (Morpeth)
of the year showing that summer is on it's way :)
Last edited by lazza : Monday 19th March 2012 at 14:28.