East Chevington and Washington WWT

21 May

Had an early jaunt to East Chevington this morning in the hope that the spoonbills reported were still there (presumably the four that had been at Coatham Marsh, Cleveland yesterday) and to have a quick look and failing that to see if anything else was kicking around.

No sign of the spoonbills (I gather they had moved on to Druridge Pools which I almost made a flying visit to check just in case but elected not to – D’oh!) but I did get good views of a male marsh harrier over the reeds around the southern pool. Lots of grey herons around along with greylags, mute swans, tufties and coot. Scanning the main lake had the usual suspects including common and arctic terns, and the scrubby hawthorn and gorse had common whitethroat, skylark, meadow pipit several sedge warblers perching prominently, reed bunting and a smart pair of stonechats.

Meadow Pipit

Skylark

On the way home drove along the coast road via Cresswell and checked the beach briefly – the only thing of note was a lesser black backed gull tentatively pulling away at what appeared to be a freshly deceased grey seal pup.

A family visit to Washington WWT so that Hannah could feed the ducks. I won’t list the species we saw there because I’m pretty sure some of them weren’t wild!

Down at the wader lake for some real birds though the four avocets were in fine form with their chicks, chasing away anything and everything that got within 30 yards. Particularly entertaining watching the fracas between one avocet and a lapwing who also had chicks.

Avocet

The amphibian pond was replete with tadpoles (including an incredibly dense ball of the chaps – don’t recall ever seeing anything quite like this before) and newts.

Tadpoles

Birds seen : (East Chevington) Marsh Harrier, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Black-Headed Gull, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Skylark, Meadow-Pipit, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lesser back-backed gull, Stonechat, Linnet, Reed Bunting. (Washington WWT) Avocet, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Pheasant, Magpie, Lapwing, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen

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