Monday, 25 November 2013

Stag Rock, Bamburgh 23/11/2013

So Saturday started with an induction for The Wildlife Trust at 10am at Northumberlandia, as soon as I finished up there I headed into Cramlington to pick up Michael.
For once he was ready to go! 
From his house we headed straight up the A1 and then turned off towards Bamburgh.
We parked up at the small car park overlooking Stag Rock.
Initial scanning with the scope I noticed plenty of Eider feeding offshore, and scattered around them Shag and a lone female common Scoter.
The shoreline and rocks provided about 15 Oystercatcher, a few scattered Redshank and a single Turnstone.
A flock of 6 Brent geese flew past as we moved position. 

We set up just above the famous 'Stag Rock' and first bird to catch our attention was a very close to shore Velvet Scoter.
Quite distant off shore were more flocks of Common Scoter, a lot of scattered adult and juvenile Shag, 2 Long Tailed Duck, 3 Red Throated Diver and according to some birders we spoke to a Slavonian Grebe. Which we failed to see.
Great couple of hours birding

(Poor digiscope of Velvet Scoter and a male Eider)