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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Cresswell and Druridge

Tuesday the 22-5-12, started the day off  just yards from my home looking for Speckled Wood Butterflies  I have counted over 50 at this site but not a one today  not sure if the first hatch of the year have died off before the good weather returned ,next  West Hartford in the hope of a reeling Grasshopper Warbler but no sign today, did have a Garden Warbler which I got some recording of .
travelled up to Cresswell via Lynemouth Flash which only had some bathing Black Headed Gulls, Cresswell only the one Avocet I could see there where three Barnacle Geese a nice bright Yellow Wagtail and a Wheatear just north of the ponds.
Druridge no sign of the Garganey a group of 13(edit) Curlew included a partial Leucistic bird  but taking  photos against the light never gives good results, Small Copper and Wall Brown out and my first Orchid of the year , with a pair of Stonechats feeding young back along at cresswell.
Three Barnacles in with Greylags
 Wall Brown
 First Orchid of the year at Druridge
 Leucistic , or I should say partial , shooting against the light probably does not show it at it's best
 And Stonechats although someway off it was reluctant to visit the nest  so I got this digi shot then moved on


kirstallcreatures said...

Lovely to see the Wall Brown, its not one Ive seen around these parts (WYorkshire), although Ive had decent sightings during trips to Norfolk & Jersey over the last couple of years. Nice number of Curlews too. Linda

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks Linda but I'm afraid I made a typing error the Curlews where actually only 13 ! oops !!!!

ST said...

Hi Brian,
where was the curlew i had one at the start of may,just after bells farm in the field behind the extended cottage.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Hi ST , It's proably the same bird as it was also at Cresswell, but i had it from the Budge screen.
Good to hear from you !