Trip to Druridge Bay Area on 05 September 2020
We started the day in wonderful sunshine at Cresswell where we had a look out to sea, waders were out in force with Knot, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew, Ringed Plover, and Turnstone all in attendance. A scan through the gulls revealed at least 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 2 of these being juveniles and the other an adult. From here we moved onto Cresswell, within a minute of arrival we were enjoying excellent views of an Otter and a roosting Greenshank was a nice treat. Two Little Egrets were hiding in the SW corner and were accompanied by a Grey Heron. A lone Black-tailed Godwit arrived from the north and performed well before going to stand with the roosting Lapwings. Walking the dunes nearby produced a notable southbound passage of Meadow Pipit, but little else.
Druridge Pools was fairly quiet; however, it was definitely worth the effort as we connected with a lone Spotted Flycatcher that was busy feeding on Large/Small White butterflies. As usual East Chevington was superb, within seconds of arriving we were watching no fewer than 6 Whinchats that were feeding on the fence line with 2 Stonechats and a single Chiffchaff. The pools were busy with Pintail, Ruff, and Sandwich Tern in attendance and some sleepy Pochard were a nice surprise amongst the hoards of Tufted Duck. A look out to sea once again produced an impressive raft of Common Scoter and excellent views of at least 2 Red-throated Divers which were just offshore. A rather educational juvenile Black-necked Grebe was present at Druridge Bay Country Park, and the day was finished off at Widdrington Moor Lake where a Greenshank and Great Egret were hunkered down on the SW side of the lake.
A very respectable day total of 76 species and we also had a good number of mammals; Otter, Stoat, Weasel, and Roe Deer. Bird of the day was too difficult to decide on, but notable candidates include: Black-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Spotted Flycatcher, and Whinchat.
Weasel - © Hilary Ratcliffe