Saturday, 17 April 2021

Happy Days


Wren







Teal


Treecreeper


Nice 

bbbbbb


OK you got it, Bees.





My second favourite sarnies (bacon the first).




Early Morning

Whimbrel


White Wagtail

Terrific early morning collection of Wags. 

Blue-headed, Yellow (2), White, Pied but no Coleen?


Barney



Cetti's Warbler

Lucky if you get a sighting of these vocal birds.


As for several close up views, well it was my lucky day!



Heavily Cropped


 

Monday, 12 April 2021

Cold and Colder


Treecreeper

A week of very cold mornings but warm sunny afternoons. A real mixed bag of sightings. Singing Blackcaps and Willow Warblers, Two Great-spotted Woodpeckers in the dune bushes, Singing Cetti's giving super flight views, a strong movement of Swallows, Lesser black-backed Gulls, Little Ringed Plovers and the ever reliable Shorelark.



Twite

Still good numbers in the dunes and starting to develop the lovely pink feathers.



The occasional new Wheatear appearing.


Little Egret



Snipe


Marsh Harrier

A second male and a terrific bird. A total of 5 different birds seen last week.


Lapland Bunting

When I got the message about this bird I was close by. However when I reached the road it was lined with cars. I decided to head home instead. (A bit anti-social, I know.)

This  morning I walked down the road and had this and the Shorelark all to myself (Big Grin!)





Yeah you can add your own caption! (Not in the comments box please.)



Ruff

These birds are colouring up nicely (NB Fuzzy line in middle of photo due to barbed wire fence.)



Little Owl

Only my second sighting of this bird for 2021.

 

Monday, 5 April 2021

Shorely Not



Shorelark

Nice to re-find this Shorelark in the tilled field at Druridge. This field was used for a fodder crop through the winter and it was grazed in stages from the roadside back into the field. So it is probably where this lark has been wintering. Now the field has been ploughed and prepared for a new crop the birds are more easily located. Having said that the Shorelark proved tricky for some people to locate as the ground is uneven and it could disappear for hours.




Otter

A very sad sight. This Otter was killed crossing the road from East Chevington to Red Row. Looking at the size of it I would guess it is a young otter.


Chiffchaff

Chiffchaffs have been back in good numbers this week. Blackcap also heard singing at Druridge and DBCP this week.



Skylark

A little more obliging than the Shorelark but not the Short-toed Lark I had hoped for when I first scanned the field. (Getting too greedy I know!)

 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Yellow Wow




Citrine Wagtail

I've now seen three of these in Northumberland. One at Alnmouth and two on Lynemouth Flash. This has to be the best of the lot.