Bittern by the birdwatching bug

by on Oct.28, 2011, under Birdwatching, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, Southeast Northumberland

Clients often comment that what really appeals to them about birdwatching is that every day is different and there’s always something new to learn. I couldn’t agree more; I have lots of days out with clients, and a lot of time in the field on ‘non-client’ days, and still feel enthusiastic every morning when I wake up, knowing that I don’t know what the day will bring.

Thursday was Peter and Alison’s second day out with us, and this time we were birdwatching around Druridge Bay and southeast Northumberland.

The weather forecast had shown the edge of the rain staying south of Newcastle all day, so that should have been alright…

As it turned out, we had rain for a good chunk of the day, but the birdwatching was still excellent.  From Black-headed Gulls, and a lesson on moult and ageing, Mediterranean Gulls scavenging in the Church Point car park, 4 Short-eared Owls and a Hen Harrier quartering the ash lagoon bank, a Sparrowhawk hunting as a group of Starlings came swirling in to roost, a tiny Goldcrest flitting about in a windswept Willow, a skittish Water Rail apparently struggling to summon the courage to run across the gap between reedbeds, a thousand Pink-footed Geese flying in at dusk, 300 Barnacle Geese taking to the air together, all the way to the finale of the trip as a Bittern flew between the north and south pools at East Chevington as dark descended, it was another day of outstanding experiences.

And tomorrow…is another day 🙂

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1 Comment for this entry

  • Peter and Alison

    Weather not so good but hot soup and sandwiches which Martin provided kept us warm. We enjoyed watching the med gulls, short-eared owls and hen harrier hunting and, at the end of the day, got an excellent view of the water rail in the open followed by the spectacle of masses of geese landing, taking off and landing again. We reckon we saw at least 90 different species over the two days. Well done, Martin!
    – and now to sit down with my bird book and a glass of Alnwick Rum!!

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