Tuesday, 20 April 2010

One that was big, one that was small, one that was tiny and that was all

Monday 19 April 2010

A productive reccie of Crookfoot Reservoir turned up two elusive Common Crane in the arable land to the west of the water, of which I got a brief sighting before they flew south and were lost by the plantation.

A few things to sort in Newcastle and then a late afternoon visit to Teesside to pick out the American Wigeon drake on Saltholme. No sign on Paddy's Pool or West Saltholme where it had been seen on and off for most of the day, but a noteworthy sighting on the wet grassland from Paddy's were 8 Brown Hares!

A tip off about a Lesser Whitethroat singing opposite Dorman's Pool bottom car park, which was seen too briefly and a final trip back to west Saltholme and finally the American... just by the entrance drive to the reserve I got cracking views as it decided to take flight. Thanks to Gary Sharples for the view from his 'scope. I would have missed it otherwise!

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