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Druridge Pools · 1W ago

Not seeing red...again

You may remember this post from April? It was about me not seeing a red-rumped swallow and red kite on the patch because I was at work.Well, it happened again yesterday. Stuck at work in a m...
Druridge Pools · 3W ago

Mayday Mayday

Life has been pretty hectic lately, so much so I haven't been able to update my blog. Since the last post I finally caught up with a patch RING OUZEL on Saturday . The bird had been reported...
Druridge Pools · 1M ago

Not seeing red

Whilst I was trundling up the A1 on the way to work on Monday spoonbill watchers at Druridge reported not one, but two species that would've been full patch ticks for me.Firstly Alan Curry h...
Druridge Pools · 1M ago

(not so common) Crane - Patch tick

I popped down to the patch this evening after a full day on the allotment and thought I would try a bit of viz-migging for an hour. Common crane and spoonbill had been fly-overs further nort...
Druridge Pools · 2M ago

First spring arrivals

Last weekend brought the first proper spring arrival to the patch - lesser black-backed gull, this was followed by a chiffchaff singing in the bushes by the entrance yesterday. A meadow pipi...
Druridge Pools · 3M 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 · 4M 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 · 4M 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 · 4M 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 · 5M 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...