About a month ago I submitted an application to attend the BTO Bird and Nature Camp 2017 at the BTO headquarters in Thetford England. Last Friday I was delighted to get an email telling me that I had a place. I was/am SO excited!!
Shortly after finding out the news I made contact with a few others who are also going to the camp. We’ve all been speaking regularly since and one of the things we discussed was the presence of a Pacific Diver, a rare migrant from North America, which was showing regularly in a few of the lakes in Northumberland. Several of the people on the chat were talking about going and I REALLY didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see this bird.
After a bit of pestering I managed to convince my parents to make the 3 hour drive on Sunday! We left Glasgow at 8.30am; although it was a three hour car journey it passed quickly. When I arrived I went straight to Druridge Bay where it had last been seen and without even having to get out of the car I could see it swimming along the lake (being watched by about 20 birders lined up along the bank!) as we drove down to the first car park.
We parked up and I quickly got my camera and scope out and headed down to the water’s edge. I only had to wait a few minutes before it came towards us and ended up diving about 10m from the bank giving some great photo-opportunities!
At about 1pm I headed up to the Visitor’s Centre for lunch before heading off to the dunes at East Chevington in search of Twite and Shore Larks which had both been spotted. After a short walk along the beach I spotted 7 Shore Larks darting along at the edge of the dunes along with lots of pied wagtails. After taking a few more photographs I then spotted a flock of around 30 Twite huddled at a clump of weed; needless to say I took some more photos along with those of 3 Turnstones and 2 Sanderling. By now it was around 3 pm and a cold wind was blowing along the shore – we headed back to the car to warm up and then head back home.
I really enjoyed my day out at Northumberland I will hopefully go again this year and get some more photos of new species!!