Sunday, 30 June 2013
Yes, Little Tern fnishes off a slow June.
4 New birds and now looking forward to the seawatching and wader migration of July.
'Patchwork' 158 Species 227 points
Xanthorhore monanata montanata
Common, Arctic, Sandwich and Little Tern on view (not all captured on camera).
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Avocets doing very well. another four chicks have hatched this week.
Yellow Dung Fly
A bit of grass pollen in the air today!
Coming or Going?
Heophilus pendulus (Sun Fly)
(A bit like a Nettle Tap, but need help with this one!)
Mallard wih ducklings.
Some of thee were Gadwall chicks.
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Juvenile Black-headed Gull
(1st Summer) Little Gulls Druridge Pools
Swallows nesting in both hides at Druridge
Marsh Harriers hatched 5 young and Otter terrifying the wildfowl at Chevington.
Young Shelduck at Hauxley
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Thanks to IR a close encounter with a Marsh Warbler. I have spent the last two weeks listening for this 'King of Mimicry' without success.
The combination of dull olive grey tones, yellow feet, pale primary tips and evenly spaced primaries are good pointers to a Marsh Warbler. However Janet and Ian have done the Maths and the Walinder Formula also agree. Singing birds can be much easier than the maths.
Now it seems he is not alone. Female trapped and ringed with brood patch so I'll remove post for a while!
Just in case you're interested:
Length of bill to Skull (A)
Width of Tarsus (B)
Width of Bill (C)
Less than 8 = Marsh
8.5 and above = Reed
Saturday, 15 June 2013
Lots of acivity in and around the reed beds. Reed Buntings, Reed , Sedge and Grasshopper warblers all feeding in the open.
Ponteland hide has some nice smelly mud but few waders at the moment. Worth a regular check?
Marsh Harriers off the nest for the whole morning? A worrying development, no food passes. The male caught one prey item but did't pass it to the female. Have they been disturbed at the nest?