|Posted on 9 January, 2017 at 9:50|
There have been several Shore Larks at the mouth of the burn just south of the East Chevington NR for quite a few weeks now. I saw them in 2016 - but it would be a good bird to add to my 2017 list. So, on Sunday, Julia and I took a quick trip up the coast. It was a lovely still sunny day with the temperature in the low teens - which is very good for winter in Northumberland! The gorgeous weather had brought a lot of families and dog walkers to the beach - traffic was heavy. It must have deterred the larks because they were nowhere to be seen. But never mind, we were well entertained by Sanderling racing up and down the tide line. We also called into Cresswell on the way home. It was quiet when we arrived but gradually birds settled on the pond. The highlight was seeing 11 Whooper Swans land on the water. There was a good variety of birdlife around the site - including Snipe, Curlew, Lapwing, Dunlin, Redshank, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon and so on. I actually counted 34 different species on our little trip.