Monday, 12 March 2012

avocets, owls, and errant dogs

Blue skies and little wind today made it feel like spring was truly on the way. This was until YC went for a dip in The North Sea at Embleton beach. Even with a wetsuit on it was officially chilly. Emma Duff has kept swimming all winter with only a bathing costume, thermal gloves and boots for company. So this made YC feel a bit of a wimp.

Afterwards YC strolled along the beach to Low Newton. There were numerous eider offshore, with several goldeneye ducks as well. At Boulmer there were bartailed godwits, sanderling, and dunlin. The white fronted geese were still at West Chevington. Highlight of the day was an avocet at Creswell Pond and a short eared owl which flew right in front of the hide.

Good deed for the day was locating a dog at Howick which had run off from its owner. YC spotted it on the road so drove back to tell the owner who was standing on the clifftops forlornly calling out for Pongo.