Bar-headed geese, Roseates, a Skua and return of the bunny

13 Jul

I had a very rapid trip around Druridge bay today with some interesting stuff around.

First at East Chev I had my first ever roseate tern (remember I’m not from round these parts!) fishing close off the beach, so that was a good start. Around the reedbeds between the two ponds it was sedge-warbler central with birds all around scratching out their calls.

Sedge Warbler

Next stop Cresswell and the bar-headed geese photographed by Ray Scott last week were still kicking around. Obviously they aren’t kosher but the only place I’ve seen them in the region is Washington WWT – I wonder if they are missing a few? Also there one adult avocet – no sign of the youngster but I didn’t have time to stop too long.

A quick check of the beach at Newbiggin revealed eight mediterranean gulls mingling with the black-headed gulls and sandwich terns.

Mediterranean Gull

Walking up the beach to Beacon Point had masses of sand martins nesting in the banks and plenty of sandwich terns and gannets fishing off the rocks but no sign of any more roseates.

My first skua of the year came in the form of a single arctic skua heading north just as I turned for home.

Speaking of home… my chance sighting of a wild rabbit a couple of weeks ago in our front garden in a suburban housing estate has now been backed up by two more sightings in our back garden in the last two days. I now think the little chap is living in the dense undergrowth of the border in the garden having seen where he scarpered to when he spotted me watching him at around 7am. Not that rabbits are especially rare, I just don’t expect to see them in our garden. He’s definitely not an escaped pet, and so long as he can avoid the clutches of the local moggie that was stalking him yesterday and he doesn’t eat too many shrubs in the garden he’s welcome to remain.

By chance his appearance this morning also coincided with the return of linnets to the back garden – also spotted for the first time the same day I first saw the rabbit. Easily overlooked or dismissed out on a coastal walk they do add a little interest in the back garden.

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