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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hartlepool Birdwatching

Just a bit different from Calderdale. Starting off in a dead end site Spion Kop Cemetery: 3 Shore Lark, 4 Snow Bunting (2 pr). While attempting photos a Peregrine kindly flew around the area.

Fish Quay: c8 Eider Duck, c24 Cormorant, 2 Shag, 1 RB Merganser (male), 8 Guillemot, 2 Turnstone, Curlew, c15 Oystercatcher, GBBG adult & immatures, Herrings, small gulls, 6 Redshank.

Seaton Common & North Gare: c100 Wigeon, pr Gadwall, c90 Curlew, c60 Lapwing. A large distant flock of waders showed good grace by landing on the nearby shoreline. This held c18 Grey Plover and a mixture of Knot and Dunlin.

Returning to the parking area we picked up pr Stonechat, Shelduck, Little Egret.

Even the journeys start was good. Fieldfare or three, 2 each of Buzzard and Red Kite.
Once again I am indebted to DW the man with a big smile on his face to the tune of 3 lifers. Namely Grey Plover, Shag, Shore Lark. On the way back 3 Buzzard from the motorway.