Saturday, 23 January 2016
A pictureless post as I had no camera with me today. I was visiting my auntie at Amble and on her feeders in her back yard was a group of Jackdaws but one of them was a good candidate or an even better example of a nice Nordic Jackdaw with its fine headwear of pale grey face and nape and a distinct white collar standing out among the other Jacks. My son tried to take some pics on his phone but was unable to get close. On leaving late afternoon it was on the roof of the Wellwood Arms. I'll have a look tomorrow with my camera to see if it is still around. There has been a recent lack of blog activity but I have still been out every weekend but just the usual birds around. There have been 2 drake Goosanders on the river at Morpeth and 2 Kingfishers; one seen frequently at East Mill feeding well despite the fluctuating levels of the river recently. I have also seen a few Woodcocks recently in places such as West Chevington, Druridge Bay CP and 2 flying over the rooftops at Spelvit lane. I have caught up with a few wintering birds in Druridge bay but I prefer to go off piste looking around the usual backwaters I visit regularly. There is plenty to look for.