Tag Archives: Northumberland

Otter Than Hell

Embarked on an ill-fated trip to Aberdeen and Northumberland this week with Colin and Steve. We should have known it was doomed when the M6 was closed causing us to divert up the A1 and A66.

Otter, Seaton Park, Aberdeen

Otter, Seaton Park, Aberdeen

Arriving at Aberdeen there was no sign of the Harlequin Duck despite a number of visiting and local birders scouring the area. Dipper is always nice to see but I don’t normally travel 450 miles to year tick one. This Otter though did provide some entertainment and did allow me to film it on the iPhone.

Goosander

Goosander

After finally admitting defeat we tried to salvage something from the trip by going for the Black Scoter at Cheswick in Northumberland. Again despite much searching we were again bitterly disappointed.

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Slender-billed Curlew Removed From British List

I think the BOURC and the BBRC have shown great courage in today announcing the Druridge Bay Slender-billed Curlew as not proven. This means that the species is now probably considered extinct. I have no axe to grind either was but the record was contentious from the very beginning and with hindsight might better have been dealt with as not proven from the start or at least pended (though the latter would have pleased no one I guess). See here on the BBRC website.

There was however a much more recent claim from the rarity hotspot of Stronsay… see this old post by The Drunkbirder.

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