Friday, 26 October 2012
A day out at sea a couple of weeks ago surveying for Cetaceans , a flat clam day thankfully as I fully expected to be seasick as I am not the best of sea travellers , Auks and Seals as we left the mouth of the Tyne , 4 red Throated Divers past by and later a couple of Arctic Skuas , a single Bonxie and still several Puffins now in Winter plumage, 3 Arctic Skuas again past us we stood forward of the wheelhouse heading North the birds also heading North past surprising quickly but stopped and went for a Juvenile Kittiwake thus turning back towards us , rattled a few shots off some didn't even have any birds in the frame as it was hard to standified to have still even in these fairly flat sea . The Kittiwake must have been terrified to have these three brutes suddenly come upon it , but just as quickly it was all over and they where gone . A Minke Whale seen in the return and 2-3 Harbour Porpoise noted from the wheelhouse crew , a cracking day out one of the first trips at sea that I have returned with an appetite having eaten all my food .
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
An afternoon at Holywell Pond a Short -Eared Owl hunting on the rough grass on the way down to the hide , single Scaup on the pool the only bird of note.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Some digiscoped images of the Little Stint at Cresswell recently, you don't get the opportunity to close to them around these parts
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 14:43
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Cresswell Pond stopped at the North end to check for waders about 10 or so Dunlin which flew off to the main pond but I then noticed a Bonxie on the spit presumed the same one that was in the area for a week or so but seemed to have left , went upto the hide only taking the camera as I did not have long , a little stint was pointed out to me right up at the far end it did come nearer but not for my lens , the Bonxie also lifted causing chaos but did not make a kill, the Coots headed en mass to the safety of the outflow it was odd to see them all swim then all run across the sand bar as fast as they could . I was told I had just missed a Bittern but within minutes one lifted and flew around 2-3 mins high up it looked as though it was heading off but circled and dropped near the outflow, not a bad half hour !!!
Thursday, 18 October 2012
A run up the coast as far as Hauxley with not much to show for it a Wheatear on the shore but not much at Hauxley but the usual Geese ,the pool at the Ponteland hide flooded with the incoming tide , passed the Linton area still large numbers of Gulls collecting in the fields many hundreds just north of the tip site. We caught sight of something on one of the windfarm blades , closer inspection revealed two guys presume they where adding or removing weight to balance the blade ?, anyway they must have climbed up inside then dropped down either side of the blade some job , you would need a steady nerve .
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 15:42
Sunday, 14 October 2012
Little Egret being harrassad by the local Magpies not keen to have this strange bird on their patch
There have not been many Little Egrets around this year I have seen them at Alnmouth and Warkworth Gut and only one on the River Blyth, where last year there was four which hung around for a month or so keeping up river though. Two Kingfishers around and a single Greenshank, with a few Bar-tailed Godwits in with the large number of Redshank and lots of Curlew, and the strange sight of two pure white Doves living under the road bridge
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 15:59
Friday, 12 October 2012
A run along to St mary's Island a couple of weeks ago now just to check the waders for colour ringed birds or for any Med gulls produced this colour ringed Black headed Gull which has been seen at St Mary's before but not by me history to follow . Good few hundred Golden Plover settled on the rocks then headed for the Island had a look on the wetland it's in a sorry state to what it used to be only 2 Moorhens present I'm not even seeing birds coming to bathe in the past it's had birds like White Winged Black Tern ,Little Tern, Roseate Tern , Black Tern. Little & Med Gulls and some decent waders Water Pipit the list goes on . Walked back down to the prom to find an Arctic Skua had settled on the rocks the light not too good so got some video and a few stills hence the header
J9CE I have the info from PCF who noted this bird also at St Mary's
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
A sunny day last month so I went to some likely spots to look for dragonflies called in at the small reserve at Ellington a boardwalk under construction lead onto a strange weed filled pond so thick was the weed it lookled like you could walk on it 2 little grebes seem to have no problem diving down to fish Speckled wood present and a couple of Common Darters another stop near Lynemouth again speckled wood and a few Tortoiseshell along with a single Red Admiral. A party of Long Tailed tits came through I always try and get some shots of these hoping for that stunning shot but they are so active ,the camera and especially my reactions are just not fast enough to react as they come into view for a split second, a couple of Chiffchaffs called to each other but still no Dragonflies despite the warmth from the sun it must be too late in the year for them to be doing anything else other than look for a mate
Little Grebes feeding with ease through the thick weed
Posted by Northumbrian Birding at 10:06