Sunday, 18 September 2016

Thrush rush

iPhone- scoped

Nice venture to Holy Island on a sunny Sunday - after a week of work prevented any catch up with goodies, dividends in the form of a full UK tick - Thrush Nightingale. Great views upon arrival- surprising to find it feeding on the beach edge!

Later I was at the "half moon slack" near the Snook - enjoying yellow-browed warbler and red-breasted flycatcher... happy days!

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Purple patch

Messed up with Minsmere plans last month, so a bit of luck with a second chance twitch - so sandwiched between a family party and an impending night shift, Lincs was on the agenda for this morning - and success.

Few bearded tit on the walk round the reeds and then some fine wader watching between swamphen appearances from the reeds. Managed to avoid the "one show" film crew too, so good all round.

Swamphen still looked a big brute despite being on the far Reedbed edge, so iPhone images only...

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Perils of birding

Back to Amble late morning on news of a potential county tick - Yellow-legged Gull. Alas no sign, but a catch up with the Caspian - third year in a row for me now. Departed with a slight delay resultant from the car park taking a dislike to my car, one bumper now to replace...

Need of a Black Tern at QEII came just as I was approaching the car park, so a quick pull in ... Would have been rude not too.

Back home and more bird news from Amble with a WR Sand... Might be back sooner than I'd ordinarily like.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


After lasts weeks Spotted Sand, waders continued to feature today in Druridge Bay, with several Little Stint, loads of Ruff, Curlew Sand, Greenshank, Wood Sand etc pottering in front of the optics. Amble didn't produce the Caspian Gull, but the consumption of chips continued to be reliable.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Dot more apt than Spot

Nice to catch up with a spotty Spotted Sandpiper at Hauxley today. Bit distant for the camera, one for digi-scopers.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Wet Weekends

Busy weekend, travelling about the county in search of whatever was available... Red-necked Phalarope, Bonaparte's Gull, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Roseate and Little Tern, Lesser Whitethroat , Great White Egret stood out, and...

Saturday, 4 June 2016


Potter out this morning provides further viewings / Great white egret, garganey, little egret, Bonaparte's Gull...

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Drop outs

Druridge provided the entertainment with a great white egret, little egrets, ruff and these two drop in glossy ibis, while the beach at Cresswell was Bonaparte'sless.

Sunday, 15 May 2016


A week away with work saw me cavorting around Derwent Water - so bonus birds in the form of Osprey, Tawny Owl, Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper and Redstart were appreciated.

Today I ventured north to Lindisfarne - no camera - batteries flat...

Highlights - female Bluethroat, Western Sub-alpine Warbler and a distant female Dotterel. Fantastic stuff!

On the way back - 1 BNG.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Spring Ice

The Iceland Gull remains at QEII, and was perhaps more apt given the cold conditions today. Otherwise, new birds for the year included Blackcap, House Martin, Swift (including an aberrant bird at DBCP - white bellied and white streaked on upper parts). 

The now dapper Long-billed Dowitcher continues at Cresswell, albeit a tad too far for the camera this  morning.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016


Digital zoom on an iPhone isn't the best...

Female black redstart wasn't expected in the garden on Sunday - and by the time I'd grabbed the first recording device, the iPhone, she'd flown across the other side of the neighbours garden. 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Mainly misses

Potterings mid day - no sign of the Iceland gull at QEII, a smart great created grebe though. 

Cresswell - a hastily retreating LRP and no northern pool dowitcher as a lady with no field craft but a shiny white lens marched up, sorry, encroached. Nice one.

Back on the patch only LBBGs at West Hartford & at A, 3 shoveler and a chiff.

It doesn't get better.