Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Show Off

Went to Primrose LNR to see this little cracker.
Could not see it at first, then it swam out in front of me and crikey, any duck to place itself between us was given the heave ho, as it paraded to and fro.


Whatever its history its a remarkable creature.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Up the Coast, again.

Crikey, its along time since I was last here, Blogger I mean.
This morning took me to East Chevington to view the Twite flock of around fourty birds. They were feeding at the edge of the dunes along with Shorelark, Turnstones, Sanderling and Pied Wagtail. Myself and John @sedgywarbler parked ourselves at the dune edge and the birds came to within five or six paces. A delight to see.







A quick visit to Druridge Bay CP for a look at the Pacific Diver which was showing close up in the North east corner.

Earlier Tom @TomCadwallender was telling me about a decent size flock of Purple Sandpiper on Coquet Island, so thought I'd get as near as I could without paddling and sure enough there were a couple on rock ends off Hauxley.


Ten Grey Plover were nice to see. Bit of bother behind.


The North Sea was like glass. Magic moments.








Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Fontburn

Today I had a wander up to the head of Fontburn reservoir. I specifically was hoping to spot a Sundew in one of a number of locations where I knew another flycatcher, Butterwort existed.
Quite a few Butterwort were seen

but no Sundews were spotted.
There were however good numbers of flowering Grass of Parnassus





a couple of Painted Lady


and a few Peacock.

Overlooking the head of the reservoir


I was fortunate to be able to watch a Kingfisher hovering over the water before striking. With the water levels really low there were no perches above the water to act as a perch.

Jay and Mistle Thrush were about further up the Fallowlees Burn valley


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Druridge Bay

After yesterdays sports 'sitathon' in front of the tele I needed a walk this morning.
So I parked up at Druridge Pools after watching a dozen Little Egrets at Cresswell, and headed toward Hauxley. Nowt out of the ordinary, so it was nice to see three Wheatear at the Hauxley outflow.

This bird spread itself in the sun



A Common Sandpiper was at the edge of the Hauxley tidal pool.
By the time I got back to Druridge Pools I had enjoyed the walk.


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Bits and Pieces

A walk up Prestwick Carr bridlepath after lunch today produced some nice colours








and then a visit to Gosforth Park NR for a Purple Hairstreak spotting event by Natural History Society of Northumbria brought at least 10 into view

Honest there is one in here

Its host oak tree was adjacent to this



Saturday, 4 June 2016

What a surprise

With this mornings cool NE breeze the last thing we expected to see were butterflies. The Druridge Pools track was amazing with eight species present.
Painted Lady x 4, Small Copper, Peacock, Large White, Wall, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath. A further 7 Painted Lady were seen later at East Chevington.





Dont know what this one below is


Believe this one below is Garden Tiger Moth



Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Wansbeck

After yesterdays feast of Broad billed Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper and Ruff it seemed only proper to see if I could find the Wansbeck Bonapartes Gull.
This mornings reported sighting was under the A189 bridge so I headed there via Cambois. The were half a dozen Black headed over on the North bank with one possible amongst. So crossed over and despite decent views I could not quite convince myself that I had found it, so returned to the pub for beer and burger.
Then down to Castle Island and a lot of gulls to search.
Then a possible, black bill, and smaller than a BH and similar head marks to recently published. Following a kind confirmation by Andy @leicester_llama , I had myself a Bonapartes Gull.





there were also three Avocets




and three Little Egret, one of which was ringed, but I could not ident rings