Due to a change of shift pattern at work I haven’t really been out much over the last month. I did manage to escape to Kielder for a day at the beginning of March and even though the weather wasn’t ideal, I had some nice Goshawk displays. The interesting thing though was the number of Ravens, with a total of seven or eight being seen at different sights throughout the day.
I also tried for Snow Bunting at
Chevington. Despite there being eleven reported the day before, I only
managed to find a single female on the morning that I went.
The two Slav Grebes and the Black-Throated Diver on the North pool were also nice to see.
Last week I spent a couple of mornings watching the Redpoll coming to the feeding station at the North end of the North pool at East Chev. Although there was a lot of variation in plumage, all were Lesser Redpoll. One of the days I was there, the Mealies were reported just after I had left, although I think this was a case of confusing a couple of very pale Lesser Redpolls as Mealies.