Monday, 31 March 2014
Sunday, 30 March 2014
Mother's Day visit meant a late start to the birding. Well I thought it would give time for the fog to disappear.
The fog remained and made a new Wheatear at Bell's farm tricky to pick out until it flew.
The other hot spots were checked for migrants without luck. A chance meeting at Chev and I was told about a Black Redstart at Druridge. 45 minutes of searching and it finally gave itself up. Didn't see one at all last year so this one was much appreciated. Plenty of Lichens at Chev. Xanthoria parietina, Hypnogymnia physodes and Parmelia sp? I think!
Saturday, 29 March 2014
This weather in 3 weeks would be brilliant, but today in Northumberland it's a bit too early.
Still last week was interesting with Wheatear, Sand Martins and 4 returning Avocet.
Today Hauxley, Hadston, Chev, Snab, Newbiggin and Cambois failed to produce a Black Redstart.
Chev however still holds BT Diver, 3 Grebe species and today the old female Marsh Harrier was very active hunting over the reeds.
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
On Sunday I noticed two pfg with neck collars. After 30 mins careful obs and some digital images zoomed in to max I had the 3 letter codes. I emailed WWT and received copious notes (6 pages for one bird).
As this blog is from my phone I'll keep the notes brief.
Wintered 2002/3/4/5 Martin Mere, Norfolk 2012, Martin Mere 2013 and now at Stobswood 09/03/2014.
Recorded Scotland 2007/8/9, Norfolk 2012, Scotland 2013 and now Stobswood 09/03/2014
Thanks again to WWT for quick reply.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Photographed the stoat again today at the turning circle, Chev. Then at the South pool realised it was a different one, as yesterday's stoat put in another appearance. The day was brilliant with great views of the Bearded tit and 2 Crossbills flying south.