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.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Nice day for it

Headed north west this morning for some raptor viewing - 2 - 3 Goshawk were appreciated - with one closer than the others. 

Popped into Capheaton - one lone Whooper Swan with the Mutes on a distinctly Spring-like morning.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Through the looking glass

... or window.

Failed raid by the Sparrowhawk this afternoon...

ISO1250, 700mm handheld.

Friday, 12 February 2016


Not quite playing the game today, the Black Redstart fed just out of range and down on the shore... Fulmar are back on the cliffs though...

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

- 1 + 1

Black Scoter seems unfavourable given the recent images showing an overly yellow billed common, and given the tricky viewing conditions it'll be better to remain sceptical until better views/images can be obtained.

On a brighter note, the journey to Killingworth was spruced up with news of a second Smew present on the larger lake - so one on each of the sides of the road now.

Only the smaller pool favourable for pics, albeit in windy conditions and dull light (and poor cameraman skills for that matter...)

However, a blog pic at least.