Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Still Plenty To Keep Me Busy



The country park (Druridge) has a good variety of birds and is a welcome place of shelter on a wet and windy day.

M.E. found this splendid Great Northern Diver on Ladyburn Lake.

Several trips to Newbiggin during the last two weeks. Water Pipit, Woodcock, Velvet Scoter among the highlights.

Seal in South Shields harbour enjoying a rather sizeable Sea Trout.

Hooded Crow at Linton

Grey Heron

Smew. This is becoming a scarce bird in Northumberland , so it was nice to see one at East Chevington even if it did keep its distance.

Water levels remaining low have ensured there are always plenty of birds to check through.

Monday, 5 November 2018


Thanks to JF for finding these Bewick's Swans. Originally giving distant views at East Chevington, they later relocated to Warkworth and gave splendid views.

Best comparative shot I could manage, juv Whoopers and adult Bewick's. 

Whoopers. Plenty of Juveniles this year.




My first beach walk produced a Wheatear but not a rare one. This poor bird has a damaged or diseased bill. It also looked a little dishevelled. Five more beaches were checked and although no Wheatears were found they all produced good birds including; Purple Sandpipers, Snow Buntings and Twite.