Wednesday, 29 December 2021

A Splash of Colour

Grey Wagtail

Not much birding done in the last couple of weeks as a result of the miserable weather.


Pied Wagtail

The car park at DBCP is a good area to search when you haven't much time and want something to lighten the mood. Otters on the North Pool seem to be very active at the moment but I haven't had the luck of close views. Well you can't have everything.

Warkworth Castle

No review of the year but looking forward to  a 'different' year in 2022!

All the Best!


Sunday, 19 December 2021



A lot of waiting about this last week. Currently waiting for a delivery. (Why is it that everything seems to break at the same time?)

Photos above and below taken (Thursday) while waiting for the Black Redstart to reveal itself. It did very briefly so a visit the next day was on the cards. Unfortunately more waiting and only a Wren and a Robin to show for it!


Two chiffchaffs still on the patch one with very pale legs but no chance of a decent snap as they were very busy feeding.


A good amount of variation in the Jackdaw population. 


Saturday, 11 December 2021

Saltholme RSPB

A brief visit to Saltholme RSPB on Thursday (9th) was rewarded with some special sightings. Firstly a Merlin (although distant) gave great views through the telescope.

This fly past was interesting. KC390 and I guess it belongs to the Portuguese Air Force (Forca Aerea). Apologies for the smudge, it is somewhere inside the camera.

Then my highlight of the day.


I see lots of Stoats and even manage the odd snap, but Weasels I have difficulty seeing and photographing. So to find this one scampering around outside the wildlife watchpoint hide was a treat.

They move very fast so in the end I was very happy with these snaps.

Oh and a Water Rail at East Chevington on Friday, Kingfisher, 3 Otters, a Chiffchaff and Cetti's Warbler today


Thursday, 2 December 2021

Tough Little Birds

Snow Bunting

There are a few being spotted along the Northumberland Coast still, so it's always nice to see one on a cold December day.


Following a large southward movement of these birds last month, a few small flocks have now settled for the winter.


Two birds together at East Chevington was nice to see this morning. The fairly dense plantation at the south end of the reserve and the reedbed are offering a good supply of food so far. There is at least one more species of warbler wintering here.

I wish I could do that!?


Like Siskins a couple of small flocks linger around the reserve.

Otters are showing well. 3 seen at Chevington and 4 at Cresswell. I wonder if this is just one mobile family group or two separate groups.