Monday, 11 March 2019

Marching On


The Green-winged Teal gave betters views eventually.


The warm southerly winds didn't last and now we're back to chilly winds, cold temperatures and rain. That's more like it.


Nevertheless up to six Chiffchaffs have been seen in the bay and a couple of Lesser Black-backed Gulls put in an appearance. The Avocets are wandering around the bay area and someone has kindly dug out the channel again at Cresswell. It will get blocked regularly at this time of year so it is essential to keep working on clearing it.


Goldeneye


Common Teal for comparison. Barn Owls are putting on a great show some mornings and if you stand still and wait they may give very close views as they fly past.


Newbiggin this morning and plenty of Rock pipits. Most were very flighty which was a shame because some are showing the colouring of the Littoralis sub species (not this one though).


Egyptian Goose


Friday, 1 March 2019

Read the Small (i) Print


Cracking Caudatus caudatus


A still morning with this Owl hunting within a few metres of me and what a joy!

 

A lovely morning around Gateshead and great views of a couple of Red Kites


Small Tortoiseshell
(First butterfly of the year)



Lovely Grey Wagtail


(Don't panic, the Northern Long Tailed Tit was photographed in the garden by a neighbour of my niece in Helsinki.  ;-)  )

Monday, 25 February 2019

SPRING ... a bit early but I'm not complaining!


A great week with Woodcock and Crosssbill. Cetti's Warbler heard and  seen at two Northumberland sites (Let us hope they are not disturbed too much this year.).

Plenty of early flowers and the accompanying pollinators (even a few St Mark's Flies).Barn Owl hunting at 1pm in 16oC Sunshine.










Sadly last few days ruined by ignorant and irresponsible people. I must annoy people and behave badly at times but some things I see just can't be excused. 



Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Keep Feeding the Birds


Willow Tit


Great Spotted Woodpecker






Treecreeper




Green-winged Teal


Reliable spot for this bird


Superb Bird


Well most of my time has been spent filling feeders and scattering seed. Additional sightings of note include: Red-legged Partridge and Tree Sparrow at E Chevington, Siskin 12+ DBCP, Smew still Widdrington Moor, Great Crested Grebes at Widdrington and Chevington, Displaying Buzzards, Long-eared Owls at Roost and a Short-eared Owl providing a welcome distraction whilst enjoying a bowl of Butternut and Chilli soup

Thursday, 7 February 2019

FOUR



Tuesday morning at the feeders I had an unusual sighting of four Water Rails feeding together. One even climbed a low hedge and walked along the top.





Sunday, 3 February 2019

February at the Feeding Station


Water Rail and Several Moorhen have discovered my feeding station.



The number of smaller birds has increased and so naturally that has attracted a Sparrowhawk.





Jay and Magpie heard nearby and I think  they are responsible for emptying two of the feeders very quickly.