Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Muddy Waters

Oh, so cold up north that the birds can't hardly fly
So cold up north that the birds can't hardly fly
I'm going back south
And let this winter pass on by
And let this winter pass on by
And let this winter pass on by
Let this winter pass on by, yeah
Lyrics by Muddy Waters
10th Jan.  Well the Met Office almost got things right, but mixed the days up so Sam and I were soaked again as we walked from St Mary’s Island to Seaton Sluice in the wind and rain.  The dry weather forecast actually came the following day when it had been forecast to be heavy rain!  It was good to see clear blue skies.

On the 10th we had started our walk at Brier Dene where there was a complete lack of birds showing apart from a few tits and Goldfinches.  At least the walk South Bay brought us sightings of several Rock Pipits and a single Purple Sandpiper amongst the flocks of waders.  These were both new to the year list as was Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Redshank and Curlew.  Our lists are coming along fine considering as yet we have barely been out of North Tyneside, apart from reaching Holywell and Seaton Sluice.  We are still in laid back mode but may progress further north to Druridge Bay next week.

A pair of Stonechat were the highlight as we walked to Seaton Sluice and I kept an eye open for early prospecting Fulmars, but saw none, although I know a couple have been seen in the area.

We were cold, damp and muddy and saw little action on or over the sea.  A few auks were seen as were three Common Scoter and the Eiders.  The tide was high ensuring that there was no Knot to be seen on the rocks.  It wasn’t too long before we were making for home.  Walking in places had been quite difficult because of mud and water.  Think I’m gonna be forced to clean my gear!

You may want to keep and eye open for Sam’s annual blog.  Yes it’s COMING SOON @ Sam 

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