Tuesday, 28 December 2010

New garden tick and a slushy coastal ride

Still down to one set of wheels, minus our heap of French junk and expecting it's return, along with a huge bill, soon.

Decided to have a midday trip to St. Mary's Island, but just before I set off, a quick view of the feeders in our garden and a white rump flew off to the neighbour's tree. The first Brambling record for our garden. Later in the morning it returned for my better half to confirm it as a female. This brings the 'in garden' total to 32.

The trip to St. Mary's was short lived. The parking price has gone up to 60p, no 10p, so I put in 70p. The ticket machine swallowed my cash and gave me no ticket. Then loads of people and dogs turned up, a car parked on the seed that I had put down to attract the mass of Skylarks and I decided to drive up to Cresswell.

Both Teals and Mallards in good numbers on the sea. Lots of Curlews in the fields between St. Mary's and Blyth. Still more on the roadside just beyond Ellington.

In the field just before Druridge Pools, 10 Pink Feet landed and proceeded to prod the still hard ground. A covey of 10 Grey Partridges were next to Calico Barn.

On returning home at 14:00 for a late lunch, a sudden explosion of Starlings across the road and a female Sprawk drifted lazily over our house and into the distance.

I spent some time this afternoon looking at our feeders, but no sign of the Brambling. This year we have had at least 4 Chaffinches regularly in the garden, previously they have been occasional visitors, although there has always been a local breeding pair for the 20 years that we have lived here.

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