Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Sawbill day

One of six Red breasted Mergansers on Ladyburn lake

Courting Swans on Ladyburn lake

Some of the 1800 Pink footed Geese at East Chevington

Lambstail male flowers of Hazel with a female flower, a small bud with a red tassle
Spent the morning at Druridge bay country park and East Chevington. Plenty of birds but the best ones were sawbills with 6 Red breasted merganser on Ladyburn lake at Druridge bay cp, a single Smew at East chevington and 4 Goosanders back home on the Wansbeck at Morpeth. Lovely group of birds. A Weasel tried its luck with a Mallard at DBCP but the duck slid into the water and the Weasel ran back into cover...hard times? or can they feasably take prey this size?
I decided to count the Pink feets at least 1800 give or take a couple of hundred. A few Grey lags and 5 Barnacle Geese among them. They were joined by Another 70 Pink feets which were flying high to the north but they came out of the sky and joined the group. Quite a spectacle when they were all flushed by a Buzzard which was feeding on worms in a corner of a field. Another large bird of prey was quatering the field behind the reedbed at the south pool but flew off west.


Anonymous said...

Great pics Nigel. I`ve never managed to get Mute Swans with their necks in the heart shape.

Birding about Northumberland said...

Fab swan shots, a real treat

abbey meadows said...

Thanks for the comments on the Swan shot... I was fortunate to get it as a rival male kept chasing them away.