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RE: Tyne and Wear


Saturday 4th Feb with Simon and Chris

Fish Quay, North Shields.

- 4 juv Glaucous Gull
- 2 juv Iceland Gull
- 7 Common Eider
- 2 Turnstone

The Gulls were brilliant, lots of the common species present but these 6 birds were the star attraction. The Glaucous Gulls ranged in size and shade, from a speckled white to a coffee colour, and one bird in particular was a real brut dwarfing every other large Gull there.
We stood on the Quay where the fish trading units were, right in amongst the Gulls, a couple of the fishing boats came in and were throwing scraps out for them. They went mad every time, spectacular to watch and a fitting end to a brilliant day!

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Two nights in Whitley Bay for the Rugby League Magic Weekend. Saturday morning walk to St Mary's Lighthouse and back plus a bit of birdwatching from the car on Friday afternoon. Amongst others :-

Common Tern
Sandwich Tern
Eider (1)
Guillemot (1)
Gannet (2)
Oystercatcher
Rock Pipit
Sand Martin
Skylark (1)
Fulmar
Kittiwake
Grey Seal (15-20)

In Newcastle city centre itself, there are impressive numbers of Kittiwake breeding on the main Tyne Bridge and also a bridge at the bottom of Gray Street which is fairly close to the river. I was told that these Kittiwake hold the 'world record' as being breeding colonies that are the furthest away from the open sea.

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Saturday 13th February 2016.

Morning wander along my childhood stamping grounds, on Seaburn and Whitburn beaches, Sunderland, on a receding tide. A very enjoyable couple of hours preceded an even more enjoyable couple of hours at the football.

Small raft of Eider within 50 yards of the shore
50+ Pied Wagtail
Good numbers of:
Redshank
Turnstone
Dunlin
Sanderling
Oystercatcher
Ringed Plover
Also:
Rock Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Goldfinch

-- Edited by David Walsh on Sunday 14th of February 2016 01:33:56 AM

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