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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Dipped in Ivory

Out with Mark and Paz and we were tempted back up north to Northumberland again this morning as not one but two Ivory Gulls had been found in the Seahouses/Beadnell area yesterday, an incredible sighting and we were fairly confident they would remain in the area at least a day or two more, we had a field full of Pink Footed Geese as we headed in towards Seahouses but alas there was no sign of the Gulls when we got there nor of the Iceland Gull that had also been in the area although that would be seen later in the afternoon when we were on the way home. We spent the morning into early afternoon searching the area from Seahouses Harbour to the beach at Beadnell but to no avail then headed off to Stag Rocks for a change of scenery and a look through the stuff on the sea, highlights included a Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe plus a handful of Velvet Scoter and Long Tailed Ducks amongst the more common species, also a small flock of Twite flying around. Mid afternoon news came over about some Waxwings at Felton so we thought we'd take a look at them on the way home unfortunately by the time we got there the light was fading fast and they had probably already gone off to roost, not the best of days.
part of the Pinkfeet flock

Great Black Backs at Seahouses

Purple Sandpiper at Stag Rocks

waiting for scraps

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