Hauxley has been my morning focus and has proved very rewarding. The water levels in the reserve are at their best but apart from the cliques no access is possible except for the Ponteland Hide.
Some moulting birds look amazing (above)
some not s good (below).
DD sent me a text about a Wryneck at Newbiggin. I found a Spotted Flycatcher.
Monday 24th August
Good numbers of migrants reported but few on my patch. TF and JF were having a great day on Holy Island.
This duck initially had me thinking RC Pochard. The bill especially was not right. Then the flanks were Gadwall-like. I finally googled the Saltholme bird from a few years back and the picture was a good match. Probably Gadwall X Tufted Duck ... hybrid.
One way to get supper, I went to the Chippy!
A sudden afternoon fall of Pied Flycathers, Wheatears and Whinchats made me end ST a text. He went out and found a Wryneck at Cambois **** .
Tuesday afternoon when all the migrant news subsided I headed around the overgrown south end of East Chevington. My target bird was RBS, I thought the small pines would be a likely holding area. Well the birding fortunes were with me because no RBS but a Wryneck flew from the ground into some Meadowsweet and out of sight.
Bank Holiday Weekend (My Favourite ... NOT) An early visit to the Ponteland hide, very enjoyable. However the Great North Bike Ride meant I headed back home to avoid the event. As the bikers pass my house I patiently waited for the crowds to reduce then headed out. I planned to walk the south pool route but retreated when I saw a couple (with dog) fighting their way through the jungle. Heading back North I noticed the Whitehroats were nervous and with reason ... this beauty was on top of the hawthorn.
Red-legged Shieldbug landed beside me and distracted me temporarily.
Sadly this bird didn't stick around and was gone by 5:30 (Found at about 1:30.).