Saturday, 18 February 2012
A windy afternoon and I started off with a walk on the beach at Druridge then looking to see if any Geese were still around I stopped at Maiden's hall lake. It was bleak here with only a few Gulls on the lake but the adult and juvenile Bewick's swans were North of the lake at Woodside farm. A few miles away I saw 2 Hen harriers hunting over rough ground on either side of the road. One a definitive female but the other was smaller, possibly a first winter male. After a few minutes hunting the first departed North, five minutes later the female flew high into the air and circled, perhaps it was looking to see where the other one was then flew off North. I stopped at East Stobswood but only Canada and some Grey lag Geese here with Gulls. There was also Shelduck, 10 Ringed Plover and a Grey Wagtail. Last Sunday we had a family day out at Tynemouth and walked to the fish quay for fish and chips. The adult/sub adult Iceland Gull was on the rocks below the promenade.