Saturday 28 January 2012

Bay Watch 28/01 - Tree Spuggies Galore!

Waggonway Today
A lovely sunny day with hints of Spring; Skylark singing, Willow catkins bursting forth, and Great Tits calling from all angles. Underfoot, plenty of ice, and according to the met office there's the possibility that the mild winter may have a sting in it's tail - hopefully while I'm filling my bins with new species in The Gambia :)

Willow Catkins
In the fields between Holywell Dene and the Obelisk were unusually large numbers of Tree Sparrows 100+, along with Yellowhammers and Reed Buntings. I've never seen such numbers.

Hedge full of finches and Tree Spuggies
A frosty Holywell Dene
Black-headed Gull - taking a drink from the Brierdene as it flows
down the beach at Whitley Bay

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