Another Stoat this one unaware I was there
Very pale Willow Warbler or is it the light
Plenty of Wheatears along the coast this one near the road
Four of at least 8 Yellow Wagtail
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 12:55
A Trip inland to look for migrants stopped at a suitable spot and had two Whitethroat and about 6 Willow warblers also a Blackcap ,Sparrowhawk over but I also heard these I think are Common Vole in the leaf litter standing very still they came out on the surface,I had at least six individuals doing this the first I have been able to get some photos of .
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 21:14
Today it was my fist visit to the house at Cragside,wow what a place I have not uploaded any pictures of it as it is best seen for yourself I think its £9 or so to visit and well worth it I am not much of a fan of this sort of place they are to expensive, Wallington listed a dawn chorus walk at £12 and bat walk at £10 these are also offered free elsewhere so well worth checking out ,there are extensive grounds but most of the walks are rather boring going through very tall very thick Rhododendron bushes Wallington listed a dawn chorus walk at £12 and bat walk at £10 these are also offered free elsewhere so well worth checking out.
More Willow Warblers here and a couple of Woodpeckers, with one Buzzard over and a Greylag coming to bread on the upper lake,
It was here that a Rolls Royce decided not to start right in the middle of the estate drive, lucky for the driver he could get a mobile signal but with only 30mins to the road closure he must have been in a panic.
CONFIDING GREYLAG ON THE SOUTH LAKE
ONLY TWO MALLARD ON THE SMALL POOL
FRITTILLARY IN THE WOOD
SWALLOW SINGING FROM THE ROOF,FORMAL GARDEN CRAGSIDE
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 11:31
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 21:53
Cycled to St Mary’s Island to look for the Garganey, had my first Swalllow on the way with a further two over the horse fields lots of Linnets, Meadow Pipits and four Reed Bunting + three Stonechats ,and also my first Wheatears with three in the ploughed field near the masts the Garganey where showing but in the distance they did come nearer later a very nice pair of birds, I had an adult gull with yellow legs take off just as I looked through the screen, relocated what I thought was it on the sea in the north bay but I.D. not confirmed. A very high tide with Sanderling ,Turnstone ,Redshank & a couple of Dunlin
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 11:15
Started the day off at Old Bewick walked up to Blawearie and over towards Ross castle three Buzzards over the nearby wood ,Yellowhammer
& Chaffinch singing in the farmyard but again no Wheatear on the walk,over Cateran Hill and down to Hare Crag,Egligham Moor,to Harehope and then over Tick Law through the Hill Forts and back down to Old Bewick. Grey & Red-legged Partridge,Red Grouse and a Further Three Buzzards,Peacocks common now and four pairs of Stonechat but not as confiding as they are on the coast.
Blawearie from Tick Law
WWII Pillbox in the valley,one of several
The Farnes from Cateran Hill
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 13:57
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 20:01
This was to be a day at Kielder Water area looking for raptors but it soon clouded over,while I was trying to photograph the Mandarins two called from just behind me they had been at a small pool beside a muck heap just yards from me they called as they lifted and I managed to get a couple of shots before they where gone the ones on the river where to far away in the end nothing else of note other than some Sand Martins
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 19:58