Thursday, 20 July 2017

a few more flowering plants

Greater Stitchwort
(Stellaria holostea)

Downy Woundwort ... probably Lamb's-ear
(Stachys byzantina)

no doubt a garden escape

Common Mallow
(Malva sylvestris)

and for comparison
Musk Mallow
(Malva moscata)

(Symphytum officinale)

Field Scabious
(Knautia arvensis)

Hemp Agrimony
(Eupatorium cannabinum)

Canadian Waterweed
(Elodea canadensis)

Female flowers on long stalks.

(Matrcaria discoidea)

Monday, 17 July 2017

Devil's Coach-horse Beetle
(Ocypus olens)

Bobolink on patch this week?

OK it was a very small pheasant. This Wheatear was at the burnmouth, Chevington.
 Terns are now visiting the beach and a pair of Arctic Skuas are loafing in the bay. Up to 1000 Common Scoter are in the bay now. A young Kingfisher is also in the area.

Small Tortoiseshell

White Stonecrop
(Sedum album)

(Campanula rotundiflora)

Great Willowherb
(Epilobium hirsutum)

Rosebay Willowerb
(Chamerion angustifolium)

Hemp Agrimony
(Eupatorium cannabinum)

(Artemisia vulgaris)

Still plenty to see around the bay. Lots of family parties of breeding birds. The first juvenile terns are waiting on the beach for parents to feed them. Sadly the Harriers deserted their nest but they have been very successful in  previous years. Waders are returning and who knows what could pass through the area in the next couple of weeks?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Break...

Taking a break from Social Media and enjoying it. Will keep posting on here but less often probably. Enjoying the pace and variety of July's wildlife sightings.

Here's a few images from this week (plants to follow after I've checked IDs).

Thursday, 6 July 2017

July ...Terns updated again

Not the Terns yet. They are fishing in the bay and groups resting on the beach are always worth a scan.

CR Little Tern (Waiting to find  out about this bird. I couldn't find the project on the CR website.)

Thanks to Chris Redfern, I now have details. It was ringed as part of the LIFE project.

Yellow XCJ

Ringed as a pullus in 2016, Gronant, North Wales.
Retrapped 10/07/2016 Gronant Dunes and now
Druridge Bay 2017
I'm guessing a non-breeding bird being just 1 year old (not sure how long until fully mature).

This one appears to have a blue CR but no code visible.

These two are going nowhere.

Aah Upland Sandpipers (or Lowland Curlews)



Could't read code on this one.

Yellow UBT
Sandwich Tern 03/07/2017 Druridge bay
Ringed as chick Inner Farne 20/07/2015 this is the first sighting since then.

Sandwich Tern 03/07/2017 Druridge Bay
Ringed Coquet Island 12/07/2014
Observed 31/05/2017 Inner Farne

Many thanks to
for the very quick reply and the details above.

Very distant, heavily cropped shot of the Pectoral Sandpiper at Druridge. Lots of waders have been passing through the bay in the last few days. Curlew, Turnstone, Wood Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwits. I imagine these are failed breeders or non-breeding birds. 
In addition my first Whinchat returning to the coast on Monday.

Decided to complete the set with Roseate Tern.

Wednesday was quite a strange day with Roseate Tern, Arctic Skua, Spoonbills, Hooded Crow and Quail. Who said July was a slow month?

Just had Chev Marsh Harrier (fem) well in land ... could be bad news.