A week of work and a late UK record of Isabelline Wheatear. Convenient as it was "just down the road".
Rather confiding, approaching the gathered...
Monday, 24 November 2014
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Little birding this weekend but a couple of highlights -
Saturday afternoon saw a last hour of sunlight trip to Briardene for the vocal Hume's Warbler - it had been a while since my last, but constituted my 5th in the county.
Sunday afternoon saw a house tick in the form of Little Egret, flying up and down the Horton Burn at dusk. Hopefully to become a regular sight along the burn as temperatures drop for winter.
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Saturday, 1 November 2014
No large corvids on two consecutive visits to Tynemouth...
Compensatory avian treats with a single woodcock at the priory, two Brent geese flying out of the Tyne on Friday, while Saturday's bonus birds were further north at St Mary's - a relatively showy yellow-browed warbler at the top of the wetland and a brief black redstart on the beach
Saturday, 18 October 2014
Not the easiest bird to photograph, with a short early morning venture out of the undergrowth and onto the roadside grass, then spending the day in what perhaps could be described as a shady dell.
Finally, a favoured route was identified and a hand held rapid succession of photographs obtained.
So the pictures... in non-timely order.
A smashing bird to see.
|Image from first sequence out on roadside grass... bad position for me with the pipit just over a ridge!|
|In the dark, dark dell. ISO 1600, 1/80th second exposure...|
|As above, in the "dell"|
|Finally in a better position for better images... handheld 500mm, ISO 1250!|
|and we're off!....|
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Spot the shore lark...
Friday, 10 October 2014
... the bikes back tyre, not me.
Finally made the effort to head to West Hartford this morning - stonechat secured on the northern edge of the patch. More pleasing were seven tree sparrow flying west and an abundance of meadow pipit and skylark.
To the north, too far away for id with bins were c150 geese - most probably pink-feet or perhaps barnacle - heading steadily west.
At East Hartford 39 skylark lifted from the stubble fields near the water treatment plant and a couple of buzzard patrolled the delightfully bright blue skies.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
It's been a while since I last saw Shorelark in Northumberland, and today it prove to be compensatory for a lack of Red-eyed Vireo at Newton.
Newton, along with a nice meal at The Ship, provided another Yellow-browed Warbler.
Saturday, 4 October 2014
A venture out in the rain this morning provides encounters with the immature blue-winged real on the river Wansbeck, less convincing wildfowl at Hauxley and a little stint at Cresswell. We didn't bump into the caspian gull at Amble, but at least the chips were there.
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Newbiggin a few minutes ago!!!
Can't quite believe that that happened... Great crack waiting for the Fea's to fly past having watched updates from the east coast. An adult Sabine's gull and a steady passage of sooty / Manx shearwater were good too, along with1 great skua and 4 Brent geese.