Thursday, 9 August 2012

Stilt Sandpiper

Well for once a great days birding, well of coarse it wasn't in Cumbria Duhhh ;-).....
Finally i got the Enthusiasm and Time to Join Keith in nipping over to Northumberland for the day and go see the brilliant Adult Stilt Sandpiper that had been found at Low Newton on Sunday. What a cracker this bird was.

 We then moved on looking at a few spots such as East Chevington, Amble and then Cresswell Ponds. 3 or 4Arctic Skuas from near Coquet Island were the highlights. Cresswell held the best birds however in the form of Ruff, Little Ringed Plover, a Juv Long-tailed Duck and few Terns. Otherwise everywhere was surprisingly quiet.

Long-tailed Duck

Common Tern
We Finished our day with a seawatch from Newbiggin, starting with no less than 7 Med Gulls of varying ages. We had 4 more Arctic Skuas, Pale, Dark and Intermediate birds, a Couple of Manx Shearwaters, Common and Arctic Terns and finally our target for the day an Adult Roseate Tern, we think it fed a juvy on the rocks.. A Whimbrel dropped in to finish a great day.
Roseate Tern


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