Wednesday, 24 August 2016

White-rumped Sandpiper

My morning plans were scuppered by road and path closures. So I headed for Warkworth and made the effort to view the White-rumped Sandpiper from the North shore. This excellent bird was found by Jonathan Farooqi and has shown well, though a little distant, from the harbour/ marina area in Amble over the past few days.

My timing for once was perfect. no dogs to scare it, the tide only just starting to fall and the only birds with it were Dunlin. Dunlin are not flighty birds, so despite being right in the open with no cover it was easy to approach them (very slowly).

I must have taken a few hundred photos and this selection  hope show plenty of the identification features.

Great bird and a Great find by Jonathan (check out his blog Jonny's Birding Blog)

Friday, 19 August 2016

Another Monster Post

This is the quiet period for birding, so they say. Moorland birds are moving to the coast and my highlight was a very spotty Common Redstart. It lingered for several days but never showed well enough for me to catch it on camera. So you'll have to make do with this instead.

Meadow Vetchling
(Lathyrus pratensis)

As you know by now my attention has strayed to the world of plants. I have found that the more I look the less I know. So I'm showing you lots of plants and attempting to identify most of them.

(Serratula tinctoria)

These flowers are barely 3mm long, easily overlooked.
Hairy Tare
(Vicia Hirsuta)

Woody Nightshade
(Solanum dulcamara)

Grass Vetchling
(Lathyrus nissolia)
These have normally finished flowering by now but this one hasn't read the field guide.

The Bug (and I mean Bug) caused ID problems. The British Bug  guys and the Royal Entomological Society both came up with different answers, largely due to the fact that it is a nymph.This made me happy as I hadn't managed to track it down in my searches but was on the right track.

Take your pick:
Stenodema sp?
 Rhopalid bug, Myrmus miriformis

Not sure about this one ...
Round-leaved Cranesbill
(Geranium rotundifolium)

Again these flowers are tiny 5-8mm

(Blackstonia pefoliata)

Sea Plantain
(Plantago maritima)

Devil's Bit Scabious
(Sucissa pratensis)

Hedge Mustard
(Sisymbrium officinale)

Oh My Goodness!
A Bird!

Found a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Cresswell which over the course of two days turned into 4.

This is probably the rarest plant I've ever seen. Certain I wouldn't have found it without some expert help. Thanks C.

Long-stalked Orache
Atriplex longipes

Marsh Woundwort
(Stachys palustris)

(Polygonum aviculare)

(Artemisia vulgaris)

Another Whinchat and a few insects to follow. Tomorrow it is back to birding! Target Greenish Warbler; although I'll settle for Wryneck or Barred W.

Monday, 15 August 2016

A Lot to Get Through

Two things to remind you of the Osmonds (OK Google them), Crazy Horses and the Teeth.

Knot, yes it is!

Everyone has been seeing and reporting Skuas this month (except me). So when I got a text from ATh telling me about two on the beach I was delighted. By the time I got there, there were four.

Marsh Woundwort

Black-tailed Godwit

Sadly I had to shoo the picture through a wire fence, hence the fuzzy lighting lower third.

Willow Warbler

Juvenile Godfinch

Lesser Bugloss
(Lycopsis arvensis)

Silver-Y Moth

Red Admiral

"OK, quickly take the photo, I've got to be somewhere!"

"I'm camera shy!"

"Don't talk to me about bad hair days; think yourself lucky you don't have feathers!"

Golden Rod

Hemp Agrimony
(Eupatorium cannabinum)