Nov 222014
 

During the past week there have been many reports of Little Auk along the east coast of England. It has been many years since there has been a a so called “wreck” of Little Auk and I haven’t seen one of these enigmatic birds for many years. As these little Auks from the high Arctic were still being discovered, we decided on Saturday 22nd November, to head-off to the north east coast, South Gare, Redcar and Hartlepool, in the hope of finding one. Despite trying, I was out of luck but at Hartlepool we did have some excellent close quarter encounters with a large flock of King Canute’s bird – The Knot. At South Gare a very obliging Purple Sandpiper and Common Gull and along the coast numerous Red-throated Diver, Eider and a large flock of immature Common Scoter and two Long-tailed Duck at Redcar. No year ticks today. Some heavy surf and waves crashing in on the promenade at Hartlepool was pretty spectacular in the late afternoon sunshine.

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Common Gull (above two images) – South Gare, Cleveland – Tony Davison©

 

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Roosting Knot (above 4 images) – Hartlepool, Teesside – The less intrepid migrating Knot spend the winter in their thousands along the British coast. Tony Davison©

 

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Knot – King Canute’s favourite bird, so the story goes. – Tony Davison©

 

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Knot – A very obliging flock roosting just beyond the sea wall at Hartlepool during the high tide. Tony Davison©

 

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Purple Sandpiper – South Gare, Cleveland – Tony Davison©

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“Wave Goodbye “ – Some stunning waves crashing onto the promenade at Hartlepool during the afternoon – Tony Davison©

 

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