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