Wednesday, 14 October 2009


get off my land its mine now stupid cow

you talking to me

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


my best shots

I did not manage to make it for the release of the radde's warbler and did not get there until late saturday afternoon and the raddes had been showing 20min's before i arrived but it did not show any more, but the glossy ibis was showing well again close to the hide on the large pool and 3 greenshanks were also present 1 showing close to the hide. ive seen the glossy at 3 sights now cresswell inc bells pond longhirst and now druridge
I watched him or her fly off again on Saturday night and head towards the budge screen area
before landing.
As it is taking off before roost it always gives off a couple of grunts gruaa gruaa and is a real stunner in flight.
On Sunday i was determined to get up to druridge earlier to see if the radde's was showing and at about 9 o'clock i got some good views as it was showing well in an opening at the start of the path leading to the hides an excellent bird for northumberland but very elusive and i was one of the lucky ones to see it on the Sunday.

Sunday, 23 August 2009


a trip to bothal ponds yesterday and i heard a rumour that a spotted redshank was about so i was off hoping to see it as this has been my bogey bird for a while now when i arrived all was looking good another birder was there watching the ponds a good sign as i pulled up on my trusty scooter i quickly got off and headed for the low hedge to get a view the usual birder crack
out about mate only for the reply to be well apparently they were showing well this morning
meaning there's sod all here now .
So i decided to have a scan anyway and could only see lapwings loads of them and a fair number of snipe and nowt else so i had a crack at the garganey that was apparently here as well with all the ducks in eclipse plumage this was not going to be easy and it turned out that way and i gave up i need more time in the field to pick that one out.
Then after about another half an hours scan a large wader appeared on the left hand side bank and it was wading fairly deep by the waters edge but looking into the sun it appeared silhouette like this was certainly something different but i needed a better view suddenly all the lapwings etc took flight and i managed to stay with the bird and yes the legs were red and long and as it returned to the ground i still needed a better view to confirm the mystery wader scanning left again the wader began to move closer but the hedge started to get in my way so i waited for it to move again ,but i was in look today as it decided to keep moving round the corner and appeared right in front of the low cut hedge where i got some cracking views and
it certainly was spotted and a very elegant bird to watch and a much thinner and longer bill than its more common cousin.
and most important of all a lifer for me.
i only managed to get a handheld photo which will need some editing work done on i will stick it on my next post which should hopefully include another lifer but a much rarer one if i get the look see you soon.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009


two trips to longhirst flash on the 20th& 23rd april produced very little in the way of birds these two lesser black backed gulls were notable and my first this year .

I often stop off at longhirst flash but so far I have not seen anything special Im sure a great white egret visited here once

I decided to stretch the site a bit and check out the woods next to
this sign

this proved to be a decent area to watch there was a bullfinch and chiff chaffs calling and also a pair of jays ill have to stop off here again to see whats about.

A visit to linton lane afterwards and managed to get my first willow warbler this year but there was very little in the way of waders on the main pond still early days.

Yellow hammer / Linton woods

Monday, 4 May 2009


A bit of spare time today so i went up to bothal to see if any waders were knocking around yet I heard a report of a green sandpiper had been seen here recently but on arrival the only waders on show were a single redshank and the usual lapwings .
a scan around the ponds produced the following

tree sparrow
canada goose
tufted duck
mute swan
carrion crow
black headed gull
little grebe

I then headed to the castle and walked along the footpath and down to the steppy stones stopping along the way to see if there were any migrants in the area their were plenty chiff chaffs calling but I could not get any in my bins and what looked like a blackcap but moved too fast to get a decent view

On the river near the steppy stones was this grey wagtail first of the year and also chaffinch doing its best to impersonate a flycatcher by grabbing insects in flight and returning to a high perch

something I haven't seen before has anyone else.

birds seen


blue tit




grey wagtail

great tit

my Bothal list now stands at 71 species

Tuesday, 14 April 2009


Managed to get out the house on the 10th April and decided to head up to Lynemouth hoping to catch the water pipit that had been seen on the flash it did not take long to find it and i managed to get some good views from the roadside this was only my second water pipit the first one was at west allotment business park Dec 07 there was also a large number of pied wagtails here but i could not pick out any white's amongst them

Also at the flash was my first swallow of the year

I headed up to druridge pools next to catch up with the garganey and a little egret both showing well still and welcome additions to the year list .

Friday, 27 February 2009

Patch Listing

Here is my patch which i started keeping a record of birds seen in a calender year in 2008 i also have some old notes from previous years and i have been putting together a species list for this area,on the far left following the river wansbeck is sheepwash bridge then following the river in a north easterly direction taking in wansbeck riverside park then the river heads south easterly towards the stakeford road bridge then past the railway bridge and then towards castle island
then my boundary stops at the road bridge.
the patch is a bit narrower than the picture shows as i don't count all of the urban areas shown
and some of the distant fields etc.
2008 patch list
1 little grebe
3 grey heron
4 magpie
5 woodpigion
6 blue tit
7 tufted duck
8 teal
9 mallard
10 canada goose
11 herring gull
12 black headed gull
13 shellduck
14 coot
15 moorhen
16 mute swan
17 iceland gull
18 glaucous gull
19 common gull
20 carrion crow
21 chaffinch
22 coal tit
23 blackbird
24 cormorant
25 long tailed duck
26 magpie
27 greater black backed gull
28 song thrush
29 robin
30 great tit
31 kingfisher
32 mistle thrush
33 pochard
34 feral pigion
35 greenfinch
36 goldfinch
37 bullfinch
38 wren
39 treecreeper
40 great spotted woodpecker
41 goosander
42 dunnock
43 redshank
44 nuthatch
45 grey wagtail
46 goldcrest
47 long tailed tit
48 oystercatcher
49 starling
50 snipe
51 pied wagtail
52 kestrel
53 red breasted merganser
54 barnacle goose
55 redwing
56 lesser black backed gull
57 jackdaw
58 sparrowhawk
59 chiff chaff
60 house sparrow
61 swallow
62 whitethroat
63 gadwall
64 sand martin
65 common sandpiper
66 blackcap
67 collared dove
68 swift
69 linnit
70 grasshopper warbler
71 common tern
72 reed bunting
73 willow warbler
74 spotted flycatcher

Water Rail

This water rail was sitting in the sun at cresswell ponds on the 9th

Friday, 20 February 2009


This shape appeared when i scanned through the reedbeds
At cresswell on the 9th feb .
The bird then revealed itself it had to be .yesssss a Bittern

Then it came towards the waters edge what an amazing bird and a lifer for me

Thursday, 5 February 2009


Have had a break from birding lately a combination of ill health, work and family commitments but had an opportunity to get up to the patch yesterday to start my patch list
I was hoping to pick up some of the winter species that were present last year i.e iceland gull,glaucous gull,redwing etc.
So i scanned the gull flock which had the usual combination of black heads,common,herring,greater black backed gull,
other birds present were as follows
Kestrel juv
pied wagtail
carrion crow
long tailed tit
tufted duck
great tit
house sparrow
collared dove

But best of all as i was returning home there was a lot of gulls in the horse field opposite the island so i thought it was worth a scan and as i scanned through mainly black heads and common gulls there was a stunning adult med gull,these are really stunning birds only my second hear but with it being an adult it realy stood out from the crowd.
Patch list 09 =24 1visit