Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Mild Winter Days

Visiting Amble and North Shields at this time of year is common for birders hoping for a last rarity Several Glaucous Gulls have been reported in recent days but none put on a show during my visits.
A couple of colour-ringed birds were present.

More details when I get them.

Well quick response from both ringers. Many thanks to them!

X:018 was ringed as a nestling on the Isle of May, Fife, Scotland (19/06/2016). I photographed it on 10/12/2016 it now is 113 miles SSE from its nest and it is 174 days after ringing.

Well that didn't take long!  Brilliant website gives instant feedback!

JU085 ringed 23/06/2016
Harkniba, Mandal, Vest Agder, Norway.
Observed 10/12/2016 Amble Harbour


??????? never goes out of fashion when Gorse is in bloom?

The mild days have meant Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs have been back in the dunes. No doubt they'll retreat into the thicker vegetation as soon as we get the next chill. Numbers this year much higher than in previous five years.

Along with obliging Harriers and darting Kingfishers, there is plenty around the bay to see. Two Water Pipits are still around but favouring distant pool edges.

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