A DIARY OF THE WILDLIFE OF THE WANSBECK VALLEY AND BEYOND
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Off the beaten track
Yesterday was a bit of a visiting relatives day but managed a bit of time looking for wildlife. I don't go to the usual hot spots even if I hear something good is there; I like to look for plants and stuff so that will take me to other backwaters. Leaving West Chevington farm yesterday afternoon I saw a male Marsh Harrier quartering fields beside Whitefield farm near Red Row. It was in view for quite a while despite the attention of Rooks and Jackdaws. Driving back from Amble along the A1068 a Little Owl flew across the road at the Togston junction at Togston East Farm. I had a better view of it as it landed in a hedge opposite the farm on the road towards North Broomhill. Further South approaching Widdrington village an Avocet flew low over the road towards Widdrington Moor Lake. I drove towards Felton Lane and looked at the lake to see if I could see it. The main lake was like the North sea but to the east are shallower pools and the bird was feeding there. Too far away for my camera to do these birds justice so you'll have to put up with sketches and scribbles from my notebook.