Tuesday, 16 October 2018

October and some South Easterlies


A brief change from Westerly winds brought some nice Scandanavian  birds. Hundreds of Redwing, Blackbirds and Fieldfare. A scattering of Yellow-browed Warblers and Ring Ouzels. Wheezing Bramblings  and lots of commoner birds.


Carline Thistle


Snow Bunting



Roe Deer

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Coming and Going

Hard to resist snapping a photo of a Whinchat.

Little Stint

About to go.

A tricky Fumitory

An obliging Kestrel.

Village visitors ready to leave.

Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Tit

In the last few days the terrier like barking call of Barnacle Geese has greeted my morning walks.

This bird is female 'N' The neck collar is one of only 13 fitted and so in a population of 42,000 it has not been spotted often. It was fitted to an adult bird at Arbigland Farm, Solway. It was seen on Lindisfarne and at Southerness winter 17/18. Returned from Svalbard this autumn and was recorded at East Chevington.

This was ringed as an adult male (Yellow BCL) 27/07/16 at Ny Aalesund (Svalbard).  I have observed  at least 8 colour ringed birds in the last few days. It is tricky getting all the letter codes but at least with this project information is returned quickly. Yellow rings are more recent birds and Lime Green (now faded) are older one I found was ringed as an adult in Svalbard 2007 so at least 11 return trips from UK to Svalbard.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

September 1st ... Greenish Warbler

My reward for a daily stroll from Chevington to Hadston Scaurs.

Approaching the L-shaped hide, expecting to find GW's bike in the hide I heard a small group of Blue Tits calling. Then from behind me the very distinctive chizzli call had me back tracking. The repetitive call made it very easy to locate. It also appeared on the outside of the bushes and I managed three quick snaps.

This was one of my shots and it could be anything.

Fairly happy with this one.

Same as above but heavily cropped.

However the top photo was (as was finding the bird) a stroke of good luck. After watching it through the leaf cover and not getting any better views I continued my daily routine. Only a scattering of Wheatears to add to new arrivals. 

As I put out the news I got a message from GW at Newbiggin. The Leucistic Sandwich Tern was there with other Terns. I first saw the bird about lunchtime on Friday, ME photographed the bird at Boulmer Friday evening and now 7:30 am Saturday it was at Newbiggin.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Not Long Now

Birds are on the move!

This Redstart is in the same area as last year. It remained for three weeks last year and is already in its second week this year.

Robin's Pin-cushion

Hemp Agrimony

Is it a bird?
No its Redshank, with a Green Lacewing larva waiting for lunch.

Turnip Sawfly?


Lots of birds adults and juveniles in the dunes feeding ready for the Grand Depart. Most birds have done well but notable exceptions Reed Bunting and Stonechat have  had a poor year. The Stonechat numbers increased in Late May (including a returning, probable 'continental' race male) but only one new brood has been seen. Grasshopper Warblers have done well and two separate birds are currently feeding second brood nestlings.

Waders continue to drift through a peak for me of 21 Ruff was a good number and all the other common waders have been well represented. This week Golden Plover have been heard passing over but only a few landed.

Whinchats have also been seen on the coast. This hazy shot taken in the mist this morning at East Chevington.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

August Snaps

Autumn Gentian
(White Variety)

Marsh Harrier

Plume Moth Sp?

Two different stages close together.

Marmalade Hoverfly

Pectoral Sandpiper




(Ringed Orkney 2016)

Latticed Heath

Large White

Blue Shieldbug

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Out and About

It seems that most people have reduced their twitter activity and fewer people are posting on the blogs. So I've gone for a long post of Photos taken during the last two weeks.

Bee Orchids (EC)

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Biting Stonecrop (W,EC)

Dock (W,D)

Comfrey (W)

Curled Pondweed (D)

Dune Robberfly (EC)

Fragrant Orchid (EC)

Goat's-beard (W)

Hare's-tail Cottongrass (Cr)

Hart's-tongue (W)

Lady's Bedstraw (W,EC)

Lesser Whitethroat (EC)

Marsh Cinquefoil (Cr)

Marsh Helleborine (EC)

Pirri-pirri-bur (Cr)

Selfheal (W,EC)

Semaphore Flies (S)

Spiked Water-milfoil (D)

Wild Parsnip (W)

Wansbeck Estuary, East Chevington, Druridge, Cragside, Stobswood