Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Dippers on Holy Island

A little late for Tall Ships?

Birding with STa at Cambois. No birds of note but nice to find plenty of Evening Primrose.

Monday morning waiting for tide to fall. No sign of the Thrush Nightingale but met up with several other Dippers.

Plenty of Brent Geese and good to find lots of Skylarks. Don't think they've had a good year in the bay.

Hope this is just Rosehip debris above the bill?


This fine bird was reported again at the Long Nanny. I imagine apart from the twitch on the first day, many haven't bothered because it is from a release programme in Spain. The fact that it may well re-orient and breed next year in Europe (in the wild) shows how fickle bird listers can be. Still if you're interested in birds this is well worth a visit. This super bird is very skilful at catching Bees and tremendous to watch. It even drew a crowd of Goldfinch, Stonechat and Meadow Pipits to watch it make short work of one monster Bee.

Sadly the heat haze made photographing the bird a little tricky.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Good Decision

Yesterday (15th Sept) I decided to check all the Bay (most of the bay from Hadston and on to Newbiggin) for migrant birds. My rewards were: Redstarts, Goldcrests, Lesser Whitethroat and Wheatears. News (via AMc 'WhatsApp') alerted me to a good fall on Holy Island. It was 11am and I had time to drive there and remain on the island over the high tide.

Was it worth it?

Yellow-browed Warblers (at least 3)

Red-breasted Fly proved difficult to capture at first in Snook Plantation but this bird although very mobile did favour a more open canopy (probably because it was bullied out of the other trees by several Willow/Chiffs).

Thanks to AM for finding all these birds.

MC was also on the island and had a photo of his star find, (Pallid Harrier) sadly it as too foggy to relocate. It will be interesting to see if it is still around over the next few days. 

Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and Redstart were some of the supporting cast. Slept well last night and can't wait to get out and explore this morning. Already PG Tips found at Spurn, not sure I'm okay with it being kept in a bag for over 30 mins to be paraded in front of audience? Although it's a bit hypocritical of me as this was how I saw my only Radde's Warbler. Won't do it again though; even if it is a male Siberian Rubythroat.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Disappointing Day ...

... not this one! Just managed one shot as this Red Squirrel swam across the Ponteland pool.

Wall Brown

Little Ringed Plover (Bothal)

Bit of an influx. This one sat patiently while I took 30+ photos.

Just about 'grown-up'

Dorsal and Ventral Views


The two CR Sanderling have moved to Hauxley now. See previous post for details (Iceland and Orkney)

Well the day promised much. Overnight fog and Easterly winds but my best bird was a Garden Warbler at Chevington.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Where to Start?

Couldn't think of a title. So many different its and pieces.
This young Gadwall was very spotty both bill and undertail.

22 Little Egrets at least as many Herons.
No Druridge Bay

Singing Reed Warbler and a few Sedgies (above) still round.


Horsetail sp?

Yes plants are still catching my eye. Brookweed on Holy Island. 2 Ospreys, Marsh Harrier and Merlin the highlights birdwise. Lots of  Brent Geese back already.

Amphibious Bistort

Not again ...  yep another Whinchat

Aah Accentor!

Mega ... the sighting of trust employees at chev. I have just written to them as email and twitter don't work. I am sending multiple copies to various named people. I'll let you know if they reply!

Brilliant Morning at Druridge

Didn't know what to watch. Hare, Harrier or Hegret (might be Shegret?)

Head pattern n this one is amazing.

Pretending to be a Deer

In the naughty corner as one of of my twitter replies (MH) mentioned.

Popped across to the other hide!

All Grown Up ... almost

When I got back I had missed the GWE flying to a better spot.

Still a bit distant though.