Saturday, 23 May 2009
Only a black-tailed godwit of note on the Budge fields. Offshore, the sea was flat and visibility good, good conditions for tern-watching, though there weren' t that many about, I did see my rozza of the year. Thursday's great northern has moved on, so all in all, pretty quiet.
112 roseate tern
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Monday, 18 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Anyhoo, I managed to get an hour at Druridge before hitting the lager again before the match. I bashed the bushes, but found very little, garden warbler, a singing male, was the only year tick.
Had my hangover not prevailed and we had gone ringing, I am sure we might have turned up a rare or two
108 garden warbler
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Crappy record shot of a yellow wagtail
I went to Druridge looking for a bluethroat tonight, the Farnes had one today and there was one Holy Island. No such luck at Dru, bluethroat would be a full patch tick for me, though they are the Druridge list.
There was nothing much different about Druridge tonight than there was last night, even the flying man was back again. Dunlin now number 8 and ringed plover 5. A female greenland race wheatear was near the parking area. And to prove you can never have enough stonechat pics on one blog:
106 yellow wagtail
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Above top, ringed juvvvy stonechat and above the 'fatha'
the flying man takes off
and there he is off over the dunes, we watched him for a bit, then got bored, the next we noticed he was lugging the whole kit and kaboodle along the beach, must have had a crash landing!
Sunday, 10 May 2009
It was also WeBS day, so I did a full count of the waterbirds, in fact I had a good three and a half hour mosie around the patch.
On the Budge fields, there were a few groups of waders with 9 blackwits, 19 ringed plover and 13 dunlin. The greylag pair have hatched out four goslings and were parading them about and there was a little egret and drake garganey too.
Also on the wader front, I had two whimbrel and greenshank over. A 'courting' pair of common terns were right out in front of the Oddie hide, every now and again, he would go off and bring her back a fish ....nice!
This redshank was there too
A common sandpiper on the edge of the big pool was a nice year-tick, my only year-tick of the day.
Not much on the sea, so I went off, scouring the dunes for whinchats (there had been some elsewhere on the coast). I found three wheatears at the north end, here are two of them.
I don't often get time to walk through the dunes, I was impressed at the number of cowslips, which are just starting to go over and just coming up are the first bloody cranesbill flowers.
I spotted two of the three stonechat youguns in the dunes, sporting their nice shiny rings on their left legs.
It looks like easterlies for the foreseeable future, so with Druridge looking ripe for a rare wader or maybe even a nice bluethroat I will try to get down there at least once a day this week.
104 common sandpiper
Friday, 8 May 2009
I went through my 2009 Druridge list the other night and found four year-ticks I've missed offuv the blog - couch ticks which sadly includes the 100th of the year :-((
100 blue tit
101 great black-backed gull
102 little grebe
Monday, 4 May 2009
The College Valley near Hethpool
The Kirknewton tetrad took me along roads that I had never been on before, there aren't many of them left in Northumberland.
On the way home, we called briefly to check the nest boxes - one blue tit sitting tight. Dave Elliott stopped to say he had seen yellow wagtail on the Budge fields so I called by for a look, no sign of it but there were 3 whimbrel, a bar-tailed godwit and a wheatear.
An away trip to Liverpool ruled yesterday out, meaning the garden won today, but I managed a quick hour at Druridge this afternoon. It was like an October afternoon without the migrants - bloody cold!
A greenshank on the Budge fields was a year-tick, 2 ringed plover were there too and at least six swifts were on the wing. Offshore I had my first arctic terns of the year, there were 7 red-throated divers, some in stunning summer plumage and finally a single female wheatear on the dunes was almost certainly of the greenland race.
99 arctic tern