The year is coming to an end rather quietly it seems just had another run to Holywell calling in at the Sluice the wind seemed NE when I was at home put easterly at the coast just a few Gannets, Scoter and Eider,with some Wigeon on the rocks so it was a token seawatch to end the year.
Thursday, 31 December 2009
WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Thats a large fish by any standard, no idea why they have to be thrown away
QE11 lake frozen at the car park end , I walked part way around but the path was just thick ice.
Always plenty of Common Gulls here
Tufted Duck in with the Coots coming right to the edge ,smart looking ducks when the light gets on them !!
The waters edge was very picturesque with the glistening water but I could not capture it
Golden Plovers well scattered in the field by the car park and track
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 15:16
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Today I walked along to the estuary ,again in the hope of Snow Buntings, the rough area beside the old pit yard is now fenced off as development starts, only a few Linnets around and a Great Spotted Woodpecker down the track, the filter pools had a Mute Swan with a Canada for company, and several Teal Lifted, plenty of Snipe around , the usual waders down beside the boat yard and plenty of birds up the burn but you need a scope as the area is so large. The cold persists but it does not seem to have brought anything with it ,not for me anyway the camera not even out of the bag today.
I always put food and as important water out for the birds, I only get the common stuff in the garden but it was interesting to watch the resident Blackbird trying to protect the food and water from the other 6 or so blackbirds around , while he chased one ,another would nip in from behind, expending far more energy than he was consuming, the sparrows just kept feeding and some went straight for a bathe in the water.......and it's not a heated pool !!!!!
Serious damage of some sort on the right wing
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 19:40
Scientists have been striving for many decades trying to provide men with the smoothest perfect shave ,razors having up to four blades to capture each and every hair on your chin !!!! and now the latest offering a razor that you can adjust not for the closet shave you have ever had ,but for the length of stubble you would like to leave , "designer stubble" looks like it's here to stay , all that research down the pan.................. or is that the sink.
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 19:05
Friday, 11 December 2009
Got out this week for a couple of days , went to Holywell pond the roadworks still there after 3 weeks nobody working when I past 2weeks ago and nobody working when I past this week , the pond was very quiet, they came to fix the door , but when they left I had a job getting out as the lock was jamming ,had visions of phoning for help.
Later in the week a walk along the links at Whitley, the adult Med on the sea and not in the carpark, Grey Wagtail brightening up the beach and a brief view of the Water Pipit , more duck getting on the wetland , about 1500+ Golden Plover on the rocks, still a pleasant walk in the sun .
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 18:00
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Just been away to the Algarve for a few days winter sun ,with most days warm for my first visit to Portugal, Black Winged Kites, Azure Winged Magpies, Penduline Tits, Purple Heron, Booted Eagle, etc:,etc:, & hundreds n hundreds of Chiffchaffs ,with birds at every location we visited, also a few Butterflies still around with a first for me with what I thought would be something easy to ID from the books but as yet no, it was one of the largest Butterflies I have so far seen , orange ground with black veins on the upper and orange/red with a large black mark towards the apex, what a stunning find on the last day, will put a few more photos when I sort them.I have set up a blog for the photos here.........http://northumbrianbirderinthealgarve.blogspot.com/
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 19:28
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sometimes TV is just rubbish ,with more entertainment in the adverts this spoof from one of the long running ones !!!
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 18:00
Friday, 20 November 2009
Another week of just visiting the ponds it's a way of getting out of the wind , Holywell was very quiet six Whoopers on as I arrived but again they took off in minutes.
A visit to Big Waters the water level the highest Iv'e seen the hides surrounded by water and the feeding station was also flooded which attracted two Little Grebes feeding on worms , it was rather surreal a family of Mute swans and 2 Grebes feeding below, Tree Sparrows, Blue Tits , Greenfinch, & Goldfinchas they hung from the feeders, Great Crested Grebe still around no sign of Otter or Kingfisher the water very murky.
Cycled to St Mary's in the winter sun , Water Pipit in the same area of the prom , a couple of Purple Sandpipers feeding on the seaweed wrack, about a dozen Gadwall and a few Teal on the wetland again was hoping the GWT would drop in here but no, from sun to dull in a matter of minutes today , nearly dark by the time I got home.
Six Whoopers just leaving Holywell , what happened to the days they used to roost here in good numbers, only one juvenile in with these.
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 18:26
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Thursday the 12th a run up to Cresswell & Druridge Pools with a walk to East Chevington, was very quiet, the highlight of the day was at the beach of Chevington scoping the Sanderling for colour ringed birds , one stopped and coughed up a pellet , I was tempted to go and get it but a wave washed it away, not seen a wader do this before , although I know they and numerous other birds eject them, Druridge water level the highest Ive seen for a long time, huge roost of Great Black Backs nearby and plenty passing overhead , Cresswell water level not too bad, Yellowhammers and Tree Sparrows down the hedge, 2 Mergansers dropped in, very slow day otherwise, stopped at Lynemouth to check the dunes but nothing..........went to do some shopping in the end !!!
Friday being much nicer than I thought it was going to be, headed to Holywell , but again not much around , a Whooper landed briefly but did not stay , some Greylag in the field with a couple of Pinks, Gull numbers building up but no more sign of the Iceland.
Saturday and another session at Holywell , Digiscoped a few shots as the light was OK, Sparrowhawk through the feeders, but another slow day , my corned beef sandwiches being the highlight. This ring of Fungi was about 30' across how long does it take to get to this size ?
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 15:48
Thursday, 12 November 2009
I have been to Big Waters for awhile so I thought I would have a run there on Wednesday, 3 and then 2 Roe Deer out in the fields as I drove along the A19, it was bright when I arrived but soon became dull with some light rain although I seem to have missed the worst.
The Otter showed after about 30 mins feeding along the north side at one point it looked as though it was going onto the island , always a number of Tree Sparrows on the feeders , probably one of the easiest places to see them, a Sparrowhawk tried for one just below me it was all over in a flash, not sure if it got one or not ,it was some time before the birds returned in numbers.
Great Crested Grebe, a few assorted duck , 3 Goldeneye, a couple of snipe over , the water level very high ,where has all this water come from must have been some heavy rains through the nights.
Kingfisher put in a brief appearance no time to get a photo it flew off to the right of the hide probably to the willows to fish from.
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 17:57