...24 little hours
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
After a dismal trip to Holy Island yesterday I was amazed at
how different it was today (18/09/2017) in
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
A very interesting few days. Birds seen included: Kingfishers, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Little Stint, Ruff, Pink-footed Geese, Marsh Harriers, Redpolls, Pochard, Pintail and Black-necked Grebe.
Good numbers of American waders are being found all around the country and like most people I'm on heightened alert. This morning I almost got my reward. A flock of 14 Golden Plover circled over the Causeway Pool at Cresswell. Immediately one darker bird stood out. I was studying it carefully as the birds circled at least 4 times gradually getting lower, as if to land. It had grey/dull underwings and grey armpits. It was darker above and it was slightly (but noticeably) smaller. The light was very good and the comparison very easy as they wheeled in formation. It was almost certainly an American Golden Plover but I will not be counting this bird as they suddenly changed direction and headed high North. I never saw the bird on the ground. I failed to relocate the birds but will keep checking the local spots just in case.
Lots of visible migration; Meadow Pipits, Wagtails, Hirundines and a few more Redpolls. Check Goldfinch locks because some are joining them when feeding.
Opened the curtains early morning to find this Sparrowhawk with (apropriately) a House Sparrow.
Little Stint still on the beach at Hauxley today (Wednesday).
To very smelly areas in the bay. DBCP having problems with Blue-green Algae and a dead Deer near the path to the hide at Chevington.
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Hauxley would be proud of this one!
During the last wee 100s of these have been moving South along with Swallows, Sand martin, a few Grey Wagtails and recently some Redpolls.
A trip to Wallington (again) ...
... and Seaton Delaval Hall
(Caused by the gall wasp Neuroterus quercusbaccarum)
(Caused by the gall wasp Andricus quercuscalicis)
Tried this Camo outfit for some garden photography.
Tickell's wannabe ...
(Caused by gall wasp Dipoloepis rosae)
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Enjoyed these birds all to myself this morning.
(Thanks to JF for finding them and getting the news out ... see his blog link in right margin.)
These two finally made them move after 90 minutes of observation.
This Great White Egret flew into East Chevington later this morning.
Monday, 28 August 2017
Reed Warblers feeding frantically before heading South. Some of them choose the Willows and Hawthorns.
Sparrowhawk sightings increase as more birds appear in the dune areas. One I watched today caught a Meadow Pipit. (Meadow Pipit numbers are increasing with several small flocks coming in off the sea.)
Druridge still worth a look. My prediction for the next wader there is Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
Lesser Whitethroats, Common Whitethroats and Blackaps all quite common early morning in the dunes at Chevington. Time for a Red-backed Shrike, but it seems Whitburn is getting in first.