Monday, 24 November 2014

Isabelline Wheatear, Seaton Carew

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...

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The weekend

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

Tree Sparrow...

Only the second in the garden, following the first in October - perhaps the same bird. Simple pleasures...

It was only a couple of years ago that had my first in Cramlington!

Saturday, 8 November 2014


Black Red variety. In Cramlington of all places! Nice surprise on a sunny November morning at the Sporting Club.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


A quick late afternoon trip to South Beach, Blyth - 30 mins.

21 Little Auk (bolstered by a party of 17)
2 Velvet Scoter
4 Red-breasted Merganser
3 Long-tailed Duck
1 Arctic Skua
Hods of Kittiwake
Several Red-throated Diver...


Freezing mind.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The Conspiracy of Ravens...

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