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16th April Nortumberland Black Scoter

Posted by meg33 on April 17, 2011 at 6:46 AM

A quick note to say nice Views of Female Ring Ouzel at Work Today and a Tree pipit flew over Maryport when i was there..2 Year tick's.

Now its Friday and there's an American Black Scoter at Bamburgh in Northumberland, Do i risk going tomorrow or do i make the most of the light nights and go tonight. rach said Tonight and lets stop overnight...What a good decision this would turn out to be...

So by 5pm we were on our way to Northumberland, and by 7-15 we were on site and scanning the Scoter flock from Stag rocks....it too a few minutes to find but there it is what a cracker...LIFER!!!! It was getting dark so i didn't get time for much else.

Next morning i was awake about 6 so decided to make an early start for better views of the Scoter...this turned out to be a great Decision. At about 730am ish whilst watching the Black Scoter a Bloody White tailed Sea eagle green wing tagged bird came in off the sea and landed a bit further up the coast on the beach WOW WOW WOW. I walked back to the car to drive up and follow it up the coast...a tree pipit flew over. I managed to see the eagle on the deck although distant, it wasn't long before it got up and carried on flying north out of view.

This is it i promise.

After watching this cracking bird, i picked rach up from travel lodge and headed for Holy Island, tide was due in at 12 so we had a quick walk around the west part of the island past the castle including char ends, Just a Whimbrel of any note really... Hundred and Hundreds of Seal mind. Oh also good numbers of Waders..

We then went back to The Black Scoter to see if i could get any pics of the bird... the birds were much further out at high tide and i just couldn't manage anything decent. Other observations were long tailed duck, Eider, Puffin and to complete the set of Scoters 2 Velvet!!! 1 shown below.

Another shot of the Black Scoter Below.

We had Lunch on the beach and watched the Black Scoter for some time in the sun.. wonderful. We then headed home using the coastal road and stopping at various places on the way, Including Cresswell pond where a Colour ringed Avocet, Yellow and White wagtails were showing. After this it was home time... and absolutely superb day....

 

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