Monday, 14 August 2017


A very young Sedgie successfully fending for itself.


Can you see a theme?

This gorgeous bird may be the one JF photographed last week. Nice of it to stick around.

I tried a second shot but just as I pressed the shutter release I saw it fly away from me ...

... imagine my surprise when I saw this photo. It had performed a 180 degree flycatching manoeuvre back into the shot. Out of focus but who cares.

Small Copper

(Kenny L'Everet in case you wondered!)

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Monday, 7 August 2017

Waders Spotted

Well not a wader but a lot of Common Darters were emerging last week.

Normally I'm very impatient and not one for sitting in a hide for hours. Sunday morning was different as I was entertained by several Snipe very close to the hide. (Sadly they were a bit too close and the fence got in the way.). Also the news of other waders on the field kept me searching. Eventually they all appeared, mostly distant and always briefly.

Green Sandpiper
Although distant the eye stripe stopping at the eye a good ID tip. Also when they fly the dark wings and white rump are very obvious (almost black against white)

It was never dull in front of the hide as Reed Buntings, Willow Warblers and Sedge Warblers chased around the fence line.

Again distant, this more elegant Wood Sandpiper shows the eye-stripe continuing well behind the eye.

The Spotted Redshank didn't give any good photo opportunities on Sunday, so I returned this morning (Monday). Again it was only giving glimpses until it suddenly decided to walk fairly close to the hide. Patience rewarded.

Juvenile Spotted Redshank
Eye-stripe and completely dark upper mandible two good ID tips. In flight the lack of a broad white trailing edge to the wing is a clincher as is the disyllabic call a bit like a fluty willow warbler call.

Into August and birds are dispersing. IR trapped Treecreeper and Lesser Whitethroat at Druridge. Today a Lesser Whitethroat was in the Hadston Dunes. GW saw a Wheatear on the Coal Road and I saw a Whinchat at Chevington.

Two to Three weeks  and I'll be expecting Greenish, Barred and Icterine Warblers weather permitting. Glass always half-full (unless it has beer in it)!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017


A quiet start to August? Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparowhawk, Curlew Sandpiper, Avocet, Whimbrel, Yellow Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Quail, Barn Owl … not to mention the numerous family parties of breeding birds and a Weasel.

Oh! ... and this rather splendid Arctic Skua enjoying a few sips of water.

... end of July

I believe these are the eggs of the 'Drinker' moth

Curlew Sandpiper

Is this a sSpotted Gurnard?

Huge gatherings of birds ready for migration at Cresswell.

Plenty of food in the bay this week

And a few nice plants to end off the month; Teasel, Carline Thistle, Common Fleabane and Autumn Gentian. (Autumn Gentian? 30th July)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

and a few 'Bugs'


Plume Moth Sp?
Thought it would be easy to ID, but I failed. It was near a patch of Sneezewort but this didn't help.

Oops sorry didn't mean to include a bird, yet?

Large Yellow Underwing
(Noctua pronuba)

Dung Beetle
(Geotrupes tercorarius)

ound this lying on its back. I should have photographed it before turning it over because the blue underside is stunning.When I did turn it over it didn't move far so I'm not sure it survived.

(Capsus ater)

Plant bug associated with grasses. Less than 1cm in length. The 2nd antennal segment swollen towards the apex made the ID fairly easy. (If I got it right?)

Drinker (moth)
(Euthrix potatoria)

Having seen lots of caterpillars in the dunes this spring it was great to find an adult sheltering in the hide at Druridge.