Friday, 31 December 2010
Finally caught up with a few Waxwings which I found for myself , and a couple of hours along the estuary ,a lot of the snow has gone but so has the nice sunny days and it was rather dull and overcast over the last couple of days of 2010 , about a dozen Waxwings feeding on a few berries of White Hornbeam, a flock of about 80+ Fieldfare feeding on those orange berries of Pyracantha also present a flock of 120 Linnets with about 12 or so Twite in amongst them, they are all very flighty though this area is popular with dog walkers .The field opposite was awash with waders obviously feeding on what ever has come to the surface after the thaw
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
This tree still has numerous Apples on enabling the birds to feed on the tree , I wonder if this is a special trait of this particular tree or class of Apple ???.My apples the few there where this year all fell of long ago
The run up to Christmas saw me at Cresswell ,Blyth Estuary ,Blyth Harbour and a few hours sitting in the car at St Mary's Island trying to get the Snow Buntings , Lapland Buntings etc : coming to seed . Two new birds for the garden list in the form of Brambling and Woodcock, just getting home from St Mary's session , a neighbour (same one that had Water Rail early part of this year ) said they had a large bird feeding on the lawn only got a couple of snaps through the window , but next day I flushed a Woodcock from my garden .
A walk to the harbour only produced a single Waxwing feeding on Apples on the way back when the light was going gull numbers increasing , but the harbour is not the same with the restricted access so I will only put in limited effort to find a white winger in the next couple of months , I think they will be hard to find .
Snow Bunting , I had not noticed the long claw before
Seven Snow Buntings present and Turnstones(background) also coming to feed
Lapland Bunting (2)
Some of these photos taken during a heavy snow shower hence the difference in colour tones
Double Glazing does nothing for photographs, Woodcock trying to feed on neighbours lawn
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 15:04
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Last Saturday spent the day at Cresswell the Bittern put in a brief appearance enough to make me stay another couple of hours hoping it would come back and sure enough it began to walk in front of the hide then paused ,sky pointing to render it invisible also crouching prone ,till it eventually flew past and into the west end , it gave great views just reward for waiting so long , what a cracking bird !!!!
Having problems with processing photos they look much better on my computer, excuses,excuses !!
Friday, 10 December 2010
Now that's cold !!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday was such a bright sunny day , I headed to St Mary's Island , some grey Partridge in the stubble field, a Woodcock flew over and dropped near them trying to feed ,2 Snipe lifted from the stream and dropped straight back in, another Woodcock as I went up the track a total of four over by the time I got to the top , another two when I went down the dead end, I realised they seemed rather lost as where to go , so I kept away from the stream not wanting to flush them for the sake of it , standing in the open they just seemed to be all over with birds dropping in then just lifting again. Standing on the cliff edge birds dropped into the open grass area, I counted a total of 28. Skylarks about 60 coming to seed near the carpark with a Snow Bunting , Reed & Lapland Bunting and the ever resourceful Turnstone present also, some open water on the wetland attracted Mallard ,Teal and a Water Rail seen through one of the wooden screens the Grey Partridge even nearer the road but flushed as I walked past.
Woodcock by the cemetery as I got the car and again about 12 Grey partridge in a school field along Blyth links and about 100 Pinkfeet just over the wall from the road they must be really desperate to get that close to the road , one field seems to be attracting a lot of waders and gulls .
Water Rail through one of the lower openings in the screen
Greys fly further into the field
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Monday the 6th I was heading for the estuary anyway , but checked out the reported Waxwings seen at the weekend, but no sign for me , still a few berries on the trees on the edge of the cemetery so they may be back. Took the scope with me and just scanned the area for awhile ,40+ Teal,15 Wigeon,2 Shellduck, 3Gadwall ,5 Goldeneye and 9 Mergansers, I did not count every wader but did note 10 Grey plover, 15 Bar tailed Godwit, 85 Curlew. A Sparrowhawk crossed over the river and as I watched it a Woodcock dropped in near some sheep trying to feed where the sheep had moved the snow then it dropped along the river edge just up from the shore spent some time probing before being chased by a Crow , it dropped again further along still trying to find food. I also noticed in amongst the sheep a single Red-legged Partridge it ended up on the shore, funny to see Dunlin ,Meadow Pipit, Lapwing and Red Legged all in one view. Walked along to the pools 2 Water Rails , numerous Snipe a flock of c30 linnets , 3 Fieldfare & 3 singles of Redwing over 17 Mute Swans flew up river, a few Mallard on the open pool and numerous loafing gulls today mainly Common Gulls..
Not a day for photos ,only one shot of some of the Red Breasted Mergansers, actively feeding on the rising tide.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Saturday the 4th took myself and the flask to Holywell Pond alas it was totally frozen could not see any free water at all ,usually the Swans ,Duck and Gulls coming from the tip for a bathe keep at least some water open , some of the Gulls looking rather shabby from feeding on god knows what . Brambling very briefly at the feeders and GSW dropped in Water Rail dashed from cover to cover, a few Canada and 2 Greylag dropped in , 30 mallard and a few Teal on the ice.
Heading back home via the coast 200 Pinkfeet in a roadside field ,hundreds of Gulls scattered around the fields Redshanks , Dunlin and a few Golden Plover also.There is a lot of rough edge to these fields which must attract Larks & Buntings but viewing is very difficult .
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 17:09
Monday, 6 December 2010
Friday I just headed back down to the harbour passing the apple tree with the camera at the ready not a thing on it today. The call of the odd Skylark over increased as I got on the coast with a large number passing over South in the time I was there, 5 Snow Buntings still around at one point with 4 Reed Buntings, also 3 Linnets and a Pied wag ,1 Kittiwake but very few Gulls . I headed off for the fields before it got too late , a couple of Skylarks dropped down by the road briefly, a field held three groups of Grey Partridge total of 29, very few small birds in the trees only Great ,Blue Tit a few Chaffinch ,9 Greylag over a Woodcock lifted long before I got anywhere near. It Was not till I got into South Beach estate that birds where in any number 2 Snipe and a nice bright Grey Wagtail along the stream as where plenty of Blackbirds, greenfinch etc: a few Fieldfare over , very few berries around the Hawthorns having only a few on the lower branches.
Tracks of a Snow Bunting ............in the Snow !!
A Couple of Skylarks drop in along the roadside briefly
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Just a walk along to the harbour today with the small lens encountered the Snow Buntings along the road , a nice bright sunny day fairly heavy sea, a single Common Scoter on the river as where some Eider also a Golden Plover on the beach 3 Purple Sandpipers flew over and seemed to go under the fish quay 15 or so Redshank again very few Gulls can't see the numbers increasing till the boats get back out , on the way down I passed an apple tree still laden with fruit with Starlings, Blackbirds and Bluetits feeding it looked ideal for a few Waxwings should have checked it before they all moved on .
View along the pier still some hardy fisherman out even though there is a very strong Easterly wind.
I said it was a very strong wind this guy just took off, should'nt have worn a Poncho !!!