Seaham to Salterfen Rocks
Another recce for "The Duel"
Not sure whether i'll get this far . . .
but did manage 10 species along the coast that i wouldnt get on "the patch proper"
2Turnstone & sev Oystercatchers were the only waders seen - the stone-turners only coming into view after an hour & a half !
Stonechat with 3 fledged young was a welcome sight after the bad winter.
2Yellow Wagtail were the only migrants of note, though there was a light passage of Swallow north.
Warmest day of the year by far, a slight onshore breeze kept the heat haze down, allowing good visibility over a calm sea
Unfortunately not many seabirds :- 1Red Throated Diver sth, 11Cormorant, 8Kittiwake, 10+Fulmar, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 3 sub ad Common Gull,
1 Rock Pipit & 1 Heron on foreshore, only small nos of the larger gulls 1 GBBGull, 3LBBGull, 40HGull,
4 Sand Martin colonies with 1 being visible from only feet away, at least 90 birds along the coast, with fledged young on the wing, coming past giving close views, shadowing the adults every twist & turn.
2 Grasshopper Warblers, 8m Sedge Warbler, 20m Common Whitethroat, 3Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler in a wooded dene.
A minimum of 15m Reed Bunting singing, with 1-2Corn Bunting in a huge Rape field, very many pairs of Skylark & Meadow Pipit along the whole stretch with the majority of the pipits carrying food
4-5Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 50+Linnet, 1 Swift, 4pr + 1 Grey Partridge, 3m Pheasant, 3 Wren, pr Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Blackbird, 3 Magpie.
Called in at Seaton both before & after where a Greenshank was star bird.