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Druridge Pools · 2W ago

February - the longest month?

Yes, I know that if you count the number of days, February is the shortest month. But for the patch watcher it always feels like a long month - the long wait for spring. A new year and a new...
Druridge Pools · 1M ago

Travelling tree sparrow and moving geese

We had news of an interesting ringing recovery from the BTO this week.Back in late October, just before I headed off to Fuerteventura, I caught a tree sparrow by the feeders near to the Budg...
Druridge Pools · 1M ago

Grey days

Yesterday was supposed to be 'Blue Monday' - the gloomiest day of the year. Well, it was certainly gloomy when I arrived on the patch - overcast and misty with drizzly rain setting in. Today...
Druridge Pools · 1M ago

New year, new list

Another new year, another year list begins on the patch. I sometimes wonder what is the point of a 'year list' - a date in the calendar by which the list is reset, it could be any date I sup...
Druridge Pools · 2M ago

Off work but off patch

I've been off work since 23rd for the festivities, but have hardly managed any time on the patch. A walk on the beach in a howling gale on Christmas day and a quick look through the geese ye...
Druridge Pools · 3M ago

It's a record breaker!

2016 has been a record-breaking year on the patch - I have seen more species on  the patch in 2016 than any previous year.Sundays hen harrier - my first on the patch since before 2002, took ...
Druridge Pools · 4M ago

Easterlies that did not deliver

After the excitement of the last couple of weeks on the back of a run of easterly winds, the forecast of more easterlies for this weekend got me going again, I was even contemplating an emer...
Druridge Pools · 4M ago

The easterly wind that just keeps giving...

The wind has been out of the east for well over a week now and it just keeps bringing the birds. I didn't manage to get onto the patch during week because of work, other than a quick look ar...
Druridge Pools · 4M ago

From the east

The wind has been out of the east for the last five days or so, and it is really coming from the east with an airflow coming from from Siberia and beyond.An easterly wind in October...the pe...
Druridge Pools · 7M ago

Nocturnal ringing

I am guilty of abandoning my blog a little lately. My camera has been off to get mended, the camera wasn't reading the CF card. It's back now and I am £220 lighter. A blog shouldn't need pho...