Saturday, 31 January 2009
Waterside were Snipe, Teal, Mallard, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Lapwing,Cormorant.
Master of disguise
Click on above and check there are just seven snipe
Friday, 30 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
It must have been their calls that brought about another garden first, of a Redwing, but this lasted only for seconds before moving on.
Friday, 23 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
So I was over the moon to see them, this morning, visiting the garden feeder.
Have to confess I was on the way out, so the pic was taken through the square window, and it was raining, but I cannot wait to use it. What a cracking bird!
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
But I just need to be sure I've got the ident of these super little birds at St Mary's Island correct.
Sanderling? -please confirm or otherwise.
Saturday, 17 January 2009
Curlew, Goldeneye, Goosander, Tufted Duck also present with Chaffinch, Siskin, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Blackbird, Pheasant at the feeder area.
Eider present in Amble Harbour together with many hundreds of mixed birds opposite the Marina which were very impressive when they were in flight.
After an excellent lunch at a small cafe serving top notch pastas we drove down the coast when we spotted the Whooper Swans near Widdrington. I guess about 45 present in the field.
Planned to try a Creswell ice cream but stopped at the pond parking area just as the Barn Owl showed for well over 30 minutes. What a great sight in the low sunlight. Ice Cream shop shut but it didn't matter. Another great day.
Friday, 16 January 2009
A quick sprint along the Derwent Walk, from the Golden Lion to Clockburn Pond where there was Goosander, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot a single Grey Wagtail, and it was dark.
Today it was Sled Lane pond first stop, With Goosander, Wigeon,Canada Goose,Coal Tit, Great Tit, Coot, Moorhen, and Mute Swan.
Next stop Clara Vale, where there were Redpoll, Siskin, Marsh Tit, Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Wren, Blackbird, Moorhen,Magpie, Red Kite, Greenfinch, Robin, and Nuthatch.
There was a little sun whilst here so the colours of the birds were great.
Lintzford for lunch and just in time to get the scope on a Red Kite perched on top of a tree. The another 3 soaring overhead.
Shibdon Pond last stop. Goldeneye, Lapwing, Canada Geese, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Long Tail Tit, Black Headed Gull.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Drove to Sled Lane pond which was about 25% frozen but still good numbers of Wigeon, Goldeneye,Little Grebe, Canada Goose,Coot, Moorhen,Mallard, Mute Swan,Black-headed gull,with Wren and Robin in the perimeter bushes.
Then around to Clara Vale, where a ringing team were working. Watched with great interest handling Great Spotted Woodpecker, Bluetit, Robin, Chaffinch and Dunnock. Apparently they do this spot on the first Saturday of the month -daybreak till 1pm. Walked to the hide overlooking the ponds where there was another GS Woodpecker netted, with Siskins, Blue tit, Chaffinch, Robin, Goldfinch at the feeders.
Bracket Fungi - Thornley
With the cold setting in, over to the garden centre - Lintzford, for calorie intake and there was mixed group of Redwing and Mistle Thrush in a nearby field.
Could'nt drive past Thornley where there was a huge number of birds in front of the hide including, Brambling,Bullfinch, GS Woodpecker, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Robin, Wood Pigeon.
Then home in time to tune into The Mags FA Cup exploits.