Saturday, 20 December 2014

winter

Winter update

Around marley hill.

most of the berries have been stripped by the redwing fieldfare blackbirds pigeons etc so been seeing less of the above than the last few weeks, only seen 1 willow tit , oppose to the 3 that were feeding together last year, greenfinches again visiting the feeders not sure of numbers though think last year there was a max of 15 at one time im pretty sure around 10 this year great tit and blue tits in 2s and 3s seen about 4 long taileded a few weeks ago but nothing since.goldfinch have been seen albeit rarely, dunnocks and robins are about, a highlight was a single goldcrest literally outside of the kitchen window about a week ago it was with a flock of blue tits. Plenty of jackdaw, crow, magpie, rooks, wood pigeon 2 collared doves flew down to have a nosey at some seeds I put out. Tawny owls were calling regularly about a month ago, havnt heard the curlew calling as of late well since the summer, there was a sparrowhawk patrolling the area, also a kestrel has been spotted. We havnt had many sightings of red kite the whole year with probably around 10 sighting max, usually 1 or 2 are regularly seen cruising around. Linnets are in the fields, gulls are about, a possible woodcock was spooked by a dog walker but not 100% as it could have been a snipe only got a fleeting glance.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

winter

Around the football pitch at marley hill over the.pasta week there's been lots.of blackbirds, redwing,wood pigeons, blue tit, great tit, willow tit 1-2, bullfinch 4-5,Goldfinch,robin,Dunnock,Chaffinch,Wren,crows, rooks ,jackdaws,black headed gulls, a few common gulls, house sparrow, occasional tree sparrow x2, Magpie, starling 20,Wren, a tawny owl calling at night had a greenfinch a few days ago. A bit further.into the fields linnets, fieldfare.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

patch walk

Quite alot if raptors area today around 10 kestrels, 4 buzzard one making a kill in fortune hill woods, 3 red kites and one sparrowhawk. Mistle and song thrush, gulls, goldcrest,skylark,linnets,a few meadow pipits, along with all the usually, a pretty quiet day really I think the freshly ploughed fields have affected some species, yellow hammer, meadow pipits, reed bunting etc. Shame really! only 1-2 overgrown meadows in that area now.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

possible twite in marley hill

Along the pathway past farm machinery. With a few female house sparrows flew to hedge when it seen me then flew down to ground roughly around same size as female house sparrow yellow/greenish rump yellow/white beak,white wing bar other smaller.
Would appreciate if anyone else could check it out.

Also swallow explosion in marley hill around 15 plus came out of nowhere with young haven't really seen many in the past few weeks in area so it was nice to know there still around also a flock of Goldfinch.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

2 dunnocks

2 Dunnock out the front of the house in marley hill today, a rare sight in the area this year, seem to be alot of gulls in fields also curlew have been regularly heard in the evening gonna try and get out tommorow morning and see what's about.
Tree sparrow and house sparrows haven't been seen for a while 2 red kites have been see over the last month over fields.seen house martins over football pitch but numbers decreasing, 1 swallow yesterday on powerline.
1 Kestrel being chased by 3 house martins. At 17:20hrs

Saturday, 2 August 2014

causey and back

Willow tits along the Tanfield railway Track with Whitethroat,Goldfinch etc, house martins swifts swallows etc.
Reed buntings in the field left of the track down to causey arch kestrels buzzards and red kites about, dippers at causey arch, didn't see any spotted flycatchers although they have been seen in the last few weeks. Blue tits, wrens around the arch.
Then it started to thunder and lightning with heavy rain.
Got wet.
Fields have.been ploughed so that attracted bh,Lbb, Herring gulls.
About 150 Lapwing with 6 curlew and 100 starling.
Also noticed they were shooting pigeons around the farm. Probably crows too.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

gatesham

The flock of Lapwing still present left of Longfield house with curlew and starlings
No meadow pipits or skylarks seen.
Linnet
Blackcap
Blackbird
Whitethroat
Pied wagtail
Tree sparrow
Goldfinch
Starling
Lbb gull
Crow
Jackdaw
Rook
Robin
Coal tit
Chaffinch
Yellow hammer
Magpie
Wren
Kestrel 5
Red legged partridge
Pheasant
Mallard
Swift
Swallow
house martin
Willow tit
Long tailed tit




Wednesday, 30 July 2014

gatesham

Had a walk down from marley hill to fortune hill woods on a.sunny but windy evening.
Quiet for bird calls although still quite a bit of activity around the recently cut fields.
Around 200 Lapwing were basking in the sun with 11 curlew and 200 starling which was nice to see, around 4 kestrels were also hunting over the fields
in this.area, 2 buzzards were hunting further down near causey
Greenfinch
Linnet in gorse
Blackbird
Crow
Jay only 1
Blue/coal/long/
willow tits seen in fortune hill woods
Magpies 3
Reed bunting 1
Whitethroat 5
Lapwings 200+
Curlew 11
Starling 100
Kestrels 5+
Red kite 1
Robin 1
Wren 2
Herring gull 3
Wood pigeon
Feral pigeon
Willow warbler 10+
Chiffchaff 2
Chaffinch 1
Pheasant 30 young game.
3 red legged partridge
Swallows
House martin
Swifts x5
Yellow hammer x2



Sunday, 27 July 2014

gatesham patch

Had a long walk around my gatesham Patch as I like to call it.

Quite a few species seen 40+ at a guess.

Highlight was a green woodpecker, round back of fortune hill woods lots of kestrels 10+ a snipe, and a greenfinch which I don't usually see in that area.

Tree sparrow
Goldfinch
Collared dove
Wood pigeon
Dunnock
Blackbird
House martin
Bullfinch
Chiffchaff
G's woodpecker
Willow warbler
Coal tit
Swift
Magpie
Snipe
Kestrel
Lapwing
Crow
Pheasant
Red kite
Red legged partridge
Yellow hammer
Buzzard
Whitethroat
Great tit
Green woodpecker
Wren
Grey heron
Jay
Feral pigeon
Blue tired
Lt tit
Swift
Tree creeper
Sparrow hawk
Robin
Kestrel 10+
Grey partridge. X2
Moorhen
Mallard
Blackcap female x1
Dipper X2 causey
Robin
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
House sparrow
Lbb gull
Herring gull
Common gull
Jackdaw
Rook

Sadly didn't see any spotted flycatchers,willow.tits or nuthatch
Nice morning overall

differences from last year

Havnt really seen any nuthatch in the area, dosent seem to be as many willow warbler as last year. jay numbers seem to be down.. hell alot of game birds around the woods. buzzard numbers seem to be same as last year, kestrels doing good ,more than last year. havnt seen any spotted flycatchers although they have been spotted.

looking forward to my next outing.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

house martins galore

Around 40+ house martins around marley hill this morning flocking around a silver birch tree they seem to be feeding around not many swallows though.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

young sparrows

Hadn't seen much in the way of tree sparrows while the house sparrows were around now the house sparrows and young have dispersed I've just seen about 10 tree sparrows including young on the tree outside the house.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

willow tit

Spotted a willow tit in the tree opposite the house yesterday, also a.family of blue tits. Starlings coming to feed on seed.also 1 whitethroat opposite house, not many swallow about I'd say 2-3 but mainly house martins 10+. House sparrow 2+ males, 4 females 3 young.strange cos all the adults seem to be feeding.the same 3 young.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

baby pied wagtail

Seen a young pied wagtail up marley hill 1st one I've seen around this area, seems to be 5 house sparrows now starling are visiting yard again with young but the 2 tree sparrows which were regular spotted a month ago have vanished.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

house sparrow

Haven't really been out much lately however there has been 3 house.sparrows feeding in our yard seems to be 2 females. And 1 male. Haven't seen them in this area before, also they only seem to be a max of 3 swallow and probably 10 house martins. With occasional swifts being seen haven't seen many red kites lately.

Do house sparrows push tree sparrows out of territory since the house sparrows have been around I haven't seen the two tree sparrows.??????

Thursday, 5 June 2014

WoOdcock

10 plus sighting of a woodcock just at the back of Tanfield railway at 9 30pm last night I stood and watched as it flew back and forth calling/roding. It was doing this for a good 30minutes also tawny owls calling around 10:30pm near fortune hill wood. as I walked around woods a tawny flew out over me circling For a few seconds. At burdon moor there's was a little owl calling in the pine trees to the right of the path.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sunday, 1 June 2014

no spotted flycatchers for me in gateshead YET.

Looked around my "patch" this morning for a good few hours, basically around feilds and woods at the back of marley hill to causey arch area havnt been out for a while due to other interests, however it was pleasing to see how much things have changed over the last month, lots of whitethroats, willow warblers, chiff chaffs, black caps, even a few garden warblers, bird song was everywhere which made it easy to locate, bird of the day has got to be a TAWNY OWL, in the woods good views for a few seconds as i disturbed it and it flew from a holly bush to a nearby branch where it looked at me for about 15 secs peering at it through my binos, it lost interst and flew off, i tried to locate it again but nothing then rewalking the route i had just been on again there it was flying from its perch away from me it could have possibly been a second but not 100%, its been a while since ive had such a close encounter with one and it was a pleasure to see, its dark eyes reddy browny feathers are firmly engraved in my memory, i dont think ill be seeing many again this year.

Sadly no spotted flycatchers which i thought maybe would be revisiting the same area as last year, but ill be keeping my eyes open, didnt see or hear any green woodpeckers either think there was around 2-3 last year which i was seeing until late september but then vanished,.
Other highlights were 2 garden warblers which didnt take to kindly to me being so close to there territory and gave me an ear bashing until i moved on.
whitethroats were situated in usual areas, two grey partridge were seen which was nice.

Anyway heres the list
Wood pigeon, collared dove, blackbird, house martin, swallow, tree sparrow, rook, jackdaw, crow, chiff chaff, blue tit, great tit, robin, coal tit, chaffinch 10+, magpie, whitethroat10+, jay 5+, red kite3, herring gull, starling 150( flocked around the woods young and adults), kestrel 4, willow warbler10+, yellow hammer 4, curlew 4, garden warbler 2, lapwing 5, greater spotted woodpecker 1, grey partridge 2, meadow pipit 2, skylark 3, buzzard 3, song thrush 2, black cap 2, tree creeper 3, tawny owl 1, red legged partridge 3, pheasant 2, swift 2, wren 5 with young, feral pigeon, goldfinch,

Note didnt see any willow tits long tailed tits which was strange and bullfinchs greenfinch have become elusive since winter lol

Saturday, 31 May 2014

beach along druidge bay

Stonechats,terns,willowwarbler,ringed pplovers, dead gannet,sand martins,house martins,swifts,swallow,cormorants

Friday, 23 May 2014

little owl

Seen 1 perched on a traffic sign on the road from sunniside to lamesley around 8am.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

swift

Just seen my 1st swift over marley hill, swallow and house martins are making nest. Only seen swifts around two sights in gateshead so far not that.I've been our that much lately

Thursday, 1 May 2014

lamesley

3 pink footers
Wigeon
Yellow wag x1
Pied.wag
White wag
Mute swan
Gadwall X2
Moorhen
Coot
Mallard
Greylag
Redshank
House martin to the left of hide
Sand martin
Swallow
Herring gull
Lapwing
Blackbird
House sparrow
Great tit
Wood pigeon
Shelduck X2
Oystercatcher. X2

Didn't see lrp or c sandpiper


Sunday, 27 April 2014

lamesley and shibdon

Lamesley 7:30pm

2 little ringed plover mating
2 yellonwagtail
3 pink footed geese
2 shelduck
2 Redshank
Greylag
Lapwings
Pied wagtail
Swallows
Sand Martin's
2mute swans
Moorhen
Coots

Shibdon 8:15pm

Black tailed godwit
Didn't see c sandpiper
Got good views of a sparrowhawk with 30ft perched on branch near car park
No swifts or swallows/sand martin

Saturday, 26 April 2014

swift 1st of the year

Lamesley

1 Wigeon
Sand Martin
Swallow
2 yellow wagtail
Pied wagtail
3 white wagtail
Redshank
Little ringed plover x1
Greylags 4+
Mute swan x2
Goldfinch
Mallards with around 7 young
Blackbirds
Herring gull
Moorhen
Coot

Shibdon 8pm

Walking from car park to entrance gate noticed two swifts With the sand Martin's didn't go over pond but stayed around tree area
Cormorants x25
Black tailed godwit x1
1 common sandpiper
Teal
Tufted duck
Mute swan
Canada goose
Shelduck

Thursday, 24 April 2014

lamesley and shibdon

Lamesley had at 8pm

Mallard (seemed to have lost 6 of the 10 goslings such a shame)
Greylags with young
Lapwing with young
Coot
Moorhen
Shelduck 4
Yellow wagtail x1
Common sandpiper x1 possible 2nd
Pied wagtail x4
Redshank
Swallows
Sand martin

Shibdon

Bats 20+
Shelduck
Black tailed godwitx1
Lots of gulls
Tufted ducks
Teal
Redshank
25+ cormorant posting in tree

Marley hill

A willow warbler has been singing all morning first I've heard on the hill heard a swallow earlier again the first I've heard at Marley hill this year they usually nest up here

Sunday, 20 April 2014

holywell, Marsden quarry.

Shovelar, pochard, grey heron, lapwing, herring gull, moorhen, tufted duck, Mallard, coot, swallow, sand Martin, 2 flyover goosander at holywell

Alot of blackcap at Marsden and willow warbler

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

lamesley hide

7:45pm

Mallard with 10 young
Wigeon x1
Little ringed ploverx1
Grey heron x1
Common sandpiper x1
Oystercatcher x1
Moorhen x10
Shelduck x4
Greylag goose 10
Redshank 15 +
Lapwing x 20+
Piedwagtail
Sand Martin 50+

Sunday, 13 April 2014

lamesley hide and burden moor

7pm onwards.

Lamesley

Little ringed plover still at back right ,swallow and sand Martin perched on fence Shelduck around 25 curlew lapwings pied wagtail, 20 Greylag, song thrush, blackbird, oystercatcher Mallard ,teal . Didn't see Wigeon.
Burdon moor

Wheatear x6
Meadow pipit
Pheasant
Chiff chaff
Mallard
Curlew x33

Saturday, 12 April 2014

shibdon, far pastures, lamesley hides.

Got out at 7 am 1st stop shibdon not much about didn't see ruff only warblers were Chiff chaff

Oystercatcherx3
Redshank 25+
Shelduck
H gull
Lbb gull
Moorhen
Teal
Mallard
Swan
C goose
Sand Martin but very few maybe too early for them

Far pasture

2 little grebe
1 grey heron
1 water rail
Coots
Moorhen
Teal
Mallard
Reed bunting
Blue/ great tits
Chiff chaff
Heard green woodpecker
Swallow and sand Martin present 25 max this morning
Pied wagtail
1 red kite

Lamesley

Wasn't nearly as many sand Martin as yesterday evening I can only put it down to being too early not enough sun not many insects up

Little ringed plover x1
Shelduck
Lapwing
Greylag
Sand Martin
Canada goose
Redshank
Pied wagtail
Wigeonx1




Friday, 11 April 2014

lamesley hide

Had a quick 15 mins in the hide 7pm, plenty of sand Martin 100 +, 3 Shelduck 1 wigeon, 1 little ringed plover, a few Redshank, Canada goose, Greylag, white wagtail, teal, Mallard, lapwings, starlings, wood pigs, tree sparrows, Moorhen.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

marley hill area to causey area then to burdon moor


walked down to causey area from marley hill via fortune hill woods then back up to moor.

Crow
rook
starling
skylark a few here and there
meadow pipit lots around marley hill
pheasant
kestrel x1
wood pigeopn
red legged partridge x5
wren
yellow hammer x5
curlew
lapwing x2
linnet x5
pied wagtail x3
blue tit
willow tit x6
long tailed tit
swallow 3 flew over south west
coal tit
 great tit
chiff chaff everywhere particularly back of fortune hill
grey heron on a small pond
buzzard a pair near woods
mallard

In fortune hill woods

chiff chaff
chaffinch
blue tit
black bird
wood pigs
mallard
gs woodpecker
willow tit
tawny owl heard at 17:30

also 6 crows appear to have been shot all 5 together and 1 along the paths recent within past week

Burdon moor 6pm onwards

12 Wheatears near rocks and field and also 3 on horse field
10 curlew
pheasants pied wagtail
hare
grey partridge x2
reed bunting
lapwing
common snipe x1
didnt spot ring ousel
Also found out the trill like sound I heard in fortune hill woods was the courtship sound of a tawny owl and is called a "xylophone trill" I have never heard this before but I should have known as I heard the common male call as I looked back at the woods in the same area.



yellow hammer

Yellow hammer visited the bird feeding area today nicr

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Attenborough meadows nature reserve, nottingham

With plenty of Sun greenery and butterflies about I strolled around this great looking reserve plenty of birds about lots of blackcaps about and gc grebes were everywhere nice to hear a bittern whilst walking near to reed beds but didn't have time to see if it would show also nice to see two egyptian goose pass under the bridge as I walked over

Here's the list

Reed warbler
Blackcap x8
Goldeneye x2
Gc grebe 15+
Gadwall x2
Grey heron
Greylag goose
Dunnock
Lt tit
Great tit
Blue tit
Moorhen
Coot
Mute swan
Teal
Canada goose
Egyptian goose x2
Bh gull
C gull
Cormorant
Gs woodpecker
Chiff chaff
Chaffinch
Blackbird
Pigeon
Goldfinch
Bullfinch
Wigeon x1

Sunday, 6 April 2014

holywell and st marys

Holywell had
Shovelar
Tufted
Pochard
Coot
Moorhen
Cormorant
Mallard
Bh gull
C gull
H gull
Greylag
Canada goose
Blue great tut
Grey partridgex2
Chaffinch
Linnet
Curlew 20+
Tree house sparrow
Robin
Starling
Woodpigeons
Feral pigeon
Goldfinch

At st Marys

4 purple sandpiper
And 1 eider

Saturday, 5 April 2014

kittiwakes Tyne bridge

Seen a few on Tyne bridge sweet!
 heard about the loss of many red kites up in Scotland within a week ,disgusting!
Black grouse seen at Burdon moor, wow!
and waxwing in blaydon, nice.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

not much

Due to the week long mist I havnt bothered venturing out much seen turnover red kite over Marley hill 4 tree sparrows on feeders with other regulars although green and gold finch numbers seemed to have dropped have a rather whitish feral pigeon coming into the yard and no signs of house Martin's and swallows which usually nest in the houses heard about some recent sightings in the area like avocet and sand Martin's however does seem a bit quiet still hopefully when the mist clears it should bring some good days

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

gateshead in the morning

Shibdon pond

Chiff chaff
Ruff
Shelduck
Lbb gull
Herring gull
Bh gull
Moorhen
Coot
Teal
Redshank
Cormorant
Canada goose
Greylag goose

Far pastures

Red kite x1
Water rail x1
Common snipe x3
Teal
Grey heron x1
Chiff chaffx1
Moorhen
Coot
Reed bunting

Lamesley hide

Teal
Wigeon x2
Greylag goose x15
Pied wagtail x2
Redshank
Lapwing 30-40
Shelduck


Watergate

Little grebe x1
Mute swan
Skylark
Mallard
Bh gull
Herring gull
Grey wagtail x2

Burdon moor

Skylark 5+
Meadow pipit 15+
Lapwings
Coal tit
Red kite x1
A police dog training unit



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Coventry, Brandon marsh NR grebes and martins

A quick 90minutes at the great reserve where I only had chance to visit 2of the 6 hides overlooking 2 of the many ponds. Great to see the gc grebes and sand Martin's also goldeneye.

5 great crested grebe
2 goldeneye
Numerous tufted duck
Wigeon 4+
Gadwall 5+
Teal 20+
Green sandpiper x1
Mute swan x1
Greylag goose 10
Canada goose 10
Common snipe x5
Shoveler 15+
Coot 10+
Shelduck 5+
Bh gull
Lbb gull
Common gull
Reed bunting
Sand Martin's x4
Buzzards x2
Cormorant x2
Redshank x5
Lapwing x20+
Oystercatcherx2
Moorhen
Lt tit
Great tit
Blue tit
Dunnock
Magpie
Crow
Robin
Blackbird
Chaffinch
Wood/feral pigeon
Chaffinch
Pied wagtail
Greenwoodpecker and chiff chaff heard

Monday, 17 March 2014

saltwell park

Had a nice walk around the park plenty of birds, got within 10 feet of two mistle thrush which didn't seem fussed at all and again within 10 feet of the pochard which was asleep until the kiddie train came close I assume the pochard has been at this site for a while considering how close you can get to it, other birds were nuthatch gs woodpecker, a dunnock, chaffinch coal tit, lt tot, tufted duck, mallard, moorhen swan, gulls, stock dove


Friday, 14 March 2014

shibdon and far pasture

Shibdon

Shelduck, teal, swan, mallard, moorhen. Coot, reed bunting, wren, muscovy duck, oystercatcher, Canada goose, chiff chaff, great tit,pheasant, song thrush, bh gull, herring, lbb gull,
Didn't see mandarin or ruff or any redshank or the Dublin that was recently reported.

Far pastures

C. Snipe, teal, Moorhen, coot, chaffinch, great tit.

Marley hill feeders

Chaffinch Greenfinch tree sparrow blue tit goldfinch
Great tit Magpie robin blackbird crow took jackdaw

Curlew and lapwings seem to have set up home in the fields and little owls still present around vicarage

Thursday, 13 March 2014

chopwell

A pair of buzzards, a red kite, 2 dipper on the river, the day I don't go shibdon a mandarin turns up. Lol.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

shibdon and derwent walk

That smell of wild garlic hit me today, dafadils are visible trees are flowering chiff chaffs were out woodpeckers drumming and a colourful grey wagtail.

shibdon pond

6 shelduck
3 redshank
50+teal
lbb gull
herring gull
bh gull
mute swan
moorhen
coot
1 ruff in front of hide
mallard
oystercatcher

along the derwent from swalwell

chiff chaff singing near entrance at swallwell
song thrush
2 goosander m and f near tennis courts
1 grey wagtail near butterfly bridge
1 cormorant on clockburn pond
1 red kite
coal tit
reed bunting

clockburn lonnen

pair of buzzards clocvkburn lonnen
nuthatch calling
linnet 10+

cormorant

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

sled lane, shibdon, lamesley hide, lamesley reedbeds

Sled lane

Got to sled lane at 7am with the hope of a goldeneye but nope! what there were was pretty much the same as yesterday

1 female goosander
2 little grebe
3 mute swan
mallard
tufted duck
coot
moorhen
Green woodpecker heard behind pond

Stopped off at clara vale, not much about greenfinch, bullfinch, dunnock, great/blue tit, blackbird etc then onto shibdon, where the water level seems low but there were a few birds

1 ruff,
coot
mallard
teal 10+
moorhen
bh gull
herring gull
lbb gull
shelduck x2
oystercatcher x2 on island
Canada goose
reed bunting
gs woodpecker

Was going to go far pastures but on arriving I realised I had left my key in shibdons hide door so had to go back, decided to miss far pastures and go lamesley hide where there was

1 cormorant
5 redshank
1 common snipe
100 +lapwing
7+teal
mallard
4 greylag goose
wood pigs
tree sparrow on feeders
starling
coal tit on feeders
didn't see the wigeon but it may have been further back.

Then onto kibblesworth there was just a swan on brickworks pond so I went to lamesley reed beds

2 gadwall
2 mute swan
reed buntings
moorhen
coot
bullfinch

and 2 chiff chaff singing 1 by pond and one by entrance to works.


Monday, 10 March 2014

sled lane pond and lamesley hide

Sled lane pond

1 goosander
11 coot
2 mute swan
5+ moorhen
Bh gull
Mallard
10+ tufted duck
Reed bunting

Lamesley hide

Greylag goose x4
Wigeon x1
Redshank x4
Lapwing x 100+
Teal x 20
Coot
moorhen
Wood pigeon

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday walk

watergate lake

Warm, light wind

9-12:30am

green woodpecker, magpie, bh gull, crow, common gull, song thrush ,tufted duck, mallard, moorhen, coot, mute swan, reed bunting, gs woodpecker, pied wagtail,  robin, wren.

on from here i decided to follow the tyne and wear trail along the side of hill head wood, where it was fairly quiet a few great/blue tits pheasants, chaffinch,  calling robins, blackbird, there were a few mistle thrush/ crows/ magpies etc on the field next to the wood leaving the wood i spotted a buzzard perched on a piece of wood left of the path a few yellow hammer were seen walking towards blackburn fell, sometimes theres curlew here but not today crossed the road then zig zagged the fields eventually leading to silverhills this is a fairly high point 216 numerous skylark, meadow pipit. yellow hammer a few starling and 1 curlew, oh and a few linnet near the mast at the horse riding centre i continued down the road then took a left then got onto another footpath near ravensworth grange where there were tree sparrow i seen about 5+, and some reed bunting came to a small pond with 1 moorhen , a few pheasant were flushed too. i eventually got back on the road at briar dene dog kennels where there seemed to be alot of tree sparrow activity along the road soon i took a footpath to the right which led me through a small wood and stream where there were goldcrests, dunnock, wrens i then decided to go to kibblesworth pond to see if there was anything which there wasnt, 1 tufted duck, sparrowhawk and some bullfinch, long tailed tit, great tits robins, skylark, blackbird, , there were also a few house sparrows in the hedges by houses near kibblesworth brickworks .Anyway I then slogged it all the way towards burdon moor along the great north forest trail (uphill) a few lapwings on the way along with the common species eventually got to burdon where there were more lapwings and i think i heard golden plover but couldnt locate them, a lonely heron in the horse field, the flock of redwing in the fields next to the horses ( they seemed to have been there for a while now making loads of noise). mallard, teal on the pond as usual and about 30+ curlew. skylark were over head and meadow pipits too.....then i headed home with achy feet and a bit dissapointed. oh and about 3 red kite were seen through out walk


  • Didnt hear the green woodpecker calling at kibblesworth.
  • A few birds with nesting material.
  • 3 roe deer near kibblesworth grange
  • Highlights of the day watching two goldcrests chasing each other and raising there little yellow stripes on there head.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

lamesley hide

A quick visit

Greylag goose
Canada goose
Mute swan
Shelduck x1
Mallard
Tufted duck
Teal
Moorhen
Coot
Lapwings
Woodpigs
Great tit
Oystercatcher
Curlew

Watergate lake

Cormorant x1
Tufted duck
Mallard
Coot
Moorhen
Bh gull
Lbb gull
Common gull
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Lt tit
Mute swan
Heard green woodpecker calling near football pitch

Friday, 7 March 2014

lamesley flooded fields

A 5min scan Friday 5:30pm

150+ curlew
2 oystercatcher
1 redshank
Pied wagtail
Mallard
Redwing 10+
Teal? (not sure couldn't focus on them)
Bh gull
Moorhen
Flock of pigeon

Thursday, 6 March 2014

holywell pond

7-8am

Bit quiet around the pond today, highlight was a cormorant and  close views of a flock of linnet in a tree, didn't see any stonechats on this visit.

Greylag goose
Canada goose
Blackbird
Tree sparrow
Tufted duck
Mallard
Bh gull
Coot
Pheasant
Gadwell
Magpie
Goldfinch
Dunnock
Linnet
Skylark
Yellow hammer
Blue tit
Great tit
Chaffinch
Cormorant
Reed bunting
Lapwing
Herring gull
Wren
Wood pigeon
House sparrows
Starlings

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

kibblesworth pond and river team

7:45- 11:15am

Frosty morning but nice once Sun came out.

Down public footpath from kibblesworth farm to Bowes nr and down clarity lane
Blackbird
Long tailed tit
Great tut
Blue tit
chaffinch
Bullfinch
Dunnock
Pheasant
Magpie
Willow tit
Greenfinch
House sparrow
Tree sparrow
Song thrush
Goldcrest
Robin
Goldfinch
Grey squirrel
1 skylark

Kibblesworth pond


2 little grebe (amazed at how long they can dive for)
A handful of bh gulls
2 oystercatcher
2 moorhen
2coot
2mallard
1 heron
2 mute swan (which flew in at 10am)
1 curlew (5flew over)
10herring gull flew over at 10
2 siskin around pond
2 roe deer

The woods



The green woodpecker was calling in the woods
Along with gs woodpecker
Tree creeper, chaffinch, blue tits Great tits chaffinch, pheasant
 I stoat

River team


1-2 kingfisher (great views perched on a overhanging tree had about 5 sightings whilst I was following down river within 45mins
Also 2 dipper maybe 3-4, again lovely to see those as I chased them down river.
Another surprise was 50+ Canada goose, 50+ greylag and some pink footed goose on a pond along with reed bunting and 1 buzzard flying over.

On way back I decided to track the green woodpecker whicheck I did as it was flying from tree to tree calling around the pond, the two grebes were still present too hope they don't get disturbed

Lovely morning



Monday, 3 March 2014

ponderings

Well that's winter over with, looking forward to migrants to arrive over next few months, need to catch up with the goldeneye at sled lane (don't know if I've left it too late) and start visiting the local hides (which I'm not a massive fan of but it can be rewarding, prefer to be on foot),  my local patch is Marley hill to causey area occasionally out to kibblesworth/ beamish woods but these trip do take it out on the legs although  fun. I'm looking forward to searching the woods in dipton over the summer, really want to walk the derwent. Harperley pea woods seem good.

  I'll see how it goes

Sunday, 2 March 2014

A quiet sunday

marley hill area


started nice but went grey

Greenfinch
tree sparrow
yellow hammer flock of 5, and and 2 with individuals throughout walk
numerous crows magpies jackdaws rooks
skylarks 2-3 over specific fields
meodow pipits here and there
1 male reed bunting (summer plumage)
1 red kite yellow right tag pink left, 4 kites seen 2 being a pair
Lots of chaffinch seen and heard today
Lapwings 7
numerous wood/feral pigeons
wrens lurking in the undergrowth
A few single goldfinch
A few willow tits dotted around
Blue tits
song thrush x2
great tits
Blackbirds
Gs woodpecker seen and heard drumming in fortune hill woods
Robins x10

Fortune hill woods were Very quiet
goldcrestx1
 a pair of buzzards towards back of woods with good views
Long tailed tits in field behind
dunnocks were displaying
Odd pied wagtail flew over
3 roe deer in woods
great tits
jays were calling only seen 1 though

Burdon Moor


20-30+ lapwings on fields at back of moor
20+ golden plover
crows, magpies, jackdaws
skylark x3
meodow pipit
mallards x5
moorhen
red legged partridge x2
LBB gull over fields
5 curlew landed next to ponds
teal x4
song thrush with snail yum
chaffinch
pheasant

Didnt spot the reported stonechats, did look around spots of gorse also in the area but didnt see any

Saturday, 1 March 2014

red walk

Returned to chopwell for a quick glimpse of a green woodpecker, numerous were calling ,5 sightings of red kite,with 1pair, a few Siskins, bullfinch, chaffinch, blue tit ,great tit, long tail tit ,blackbird ,goldcrest ,gs woodpecker, Song thrush, woodpigeon.

willow tit strikes back

After thinking the 2-3 willow tits that used the feeders had vanished I spotted one, there wasn't many green/goldfinch so maybe that's why maybe they like quiet times?
Also
Chaffinch x5
Greenfinch x3
Goldfinch x 1
Robin
Tree sparrow x 2
Jackdaws
Crows
Magpies
Lapwing x 17 flew over fields
Bh gulls
Blue tits x2
Great tits x2

Friday, 28 February 2014

view from the house

1 pair of red kites over sunniside, and a singular red kite over fields.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

green walk

Quick walk around Chopwell

1 buzzard
1 red kite
Great tit
Bh gull
Common gull
Heron x1
Wren
Siskin x10
Crows
Wood pigeons
Feral pigeons
Gs woodpecker

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

derwent for goosanders

Weather started nice with little wind however wind picked up around 12

Early start with an objective of seeing a goosander somewhere on the river between clockburn lonnen and and derwent caravan park bridge, set off on foot from Marley hill over fields and down hole lane between these two points birds seen were;
Red kite
Red legged partridge x6
Herring gull x3
Lbb gull x2
Common gull
Black headed gull x30 (one with a full on black head)
Wood pigeons
Feral pigeons
Skylark x3
18 lapwings
Pheasant x1
Dunnock x3 (1 pair were displaying)
Blackbirdx10
Crows x100
Rook x15
Jackdaws x100
Starling x30
Magpies
Reed bunting x2
Goldfinch
Greenfinch x4
Yellowhammer x2
Robin x6
Blue tit
Chaffinch
Pied wagtail x1

On Cuthberts pond there were 7 teal 10 Moorhead,  1 mallard
20 curlew on surrounding fields
30 redwing

1 willow tit down hole lane, although I recorded its call which got me thinking it may have been a marsh tit? Which goes against marsh tit abundance in the area, I'll have to post it.
Lots of great tits
Down Clockburn lonnen path there were
Gs woodpecker drumming
Goldcrest
Song thrush
Mistle thrush
Grey squirrel
Sparrowhawkx1

Around the derwent walk

Mallard, cormorant x1 , 2 goosanders and 1 dipper on the river

Long tailed tits,
Woodpigeons
Red kites x4'--
buzzards x2
Wren (alot were calling)
Blue tits (checking out various nest boxes)
Great tits
Bullfinch
Goldcrest x2
Song thrush
Chaffinch
Kestrel x1

Far pastures

Coot, Moorhen, snipe x2, Canada goose, teal x11, mallard.

almost gave up on goosander until I seen 2 on the final stretch on the way to far pastures away from river, nice to see two and the dipper and cormorant all good views.








Saturday, 22 February 2014

2 months

Just thought I'd have a quick evaluation of feeder activity which I set-up around two months ago. When they first were hung I remember a blue being one of the 1st to find them then great tits then willow tits which there were about 3 max, a gs woodpecker which I think could have been two also visited however I haunt seen one for the past month. Then the greenfinch arrived which surprised me as before I put the feeders up I rarely seen Greenfinch in the area however I have seen up to 15 on the feeders at once, same with goldfiinch with flocks of 20 plus, bull finches are also present there could be 3-4 male and female, but seem to be occasional visitors, there are also 2 or 3 tree sparrows which are there most days but seem not to he as aggressive as the green/goldies and seem to perch near by fly to the feeders have a quick snack then go and perch again ( similar to willow tits) chaffinch are present also 5 plus maybe,robin use the feeders too, there has been a dunnock, crows and jackdaws are robbing me blind, I have seen l.t tits but they didn't seem to revisit, a sparrowhawk  has been seen once, and pheasants have had a nibble on the ground feed. I really hoped siskins would visit but none yet or redpoll but no, the only place I have seen siskin is Watergate and around Cockburn pond.overall it has gave me a clearer idea of what is in the area as far as garden birds go, and in what numbers. Like i said the surprise being the greenfinch I remember looking up about the disease that had lowered there numbers as I hadn't seen many in the summer, however now I know there are quite a few out there.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Holywell pond

8am -9:30am

Greylag goose x30
canada goose x20
herring gull
common gull
lesser black backed gull
black headed gull
crow
rook
goldfinch
tree sparrow x4
blackbird
song thrush
blue tit
great tit
GS Woodpecker
magpie
cormorant x3
mute swan x2
mallard x40
robin
chaffinch x8
skylark
tufted duck
pochardx4
gadwall x1
teal x5
moorhen
stonechat x2
bullfinch
dunnock
wren
oystercatcher x3
lapwing x8
Reed bunting

The stonechats at holywell I've just heard are somewhat rare for holywell I spotted two one was along the wagonway adjacent to the pond in the gorse and the second near the reeds to the right of the public hide both were males and seen around 9 am

Marley hill

On the feeders there were mainly finches, alot of gold and green, didn't see any willow tits or great tits makes me wonder whetherfinches  scare the smaller birds, two tree sparrow are still presentx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

grey heron flight path

Seen a single grey heron fly over towards whickham must be the same one I'm always seeing.

It will be interesting to see if this year the green woodpeckers will be back (that's if they have actually gone anywhere) I managed to locate 3-4 last year a the back of fortune hill wood (around the old mine tracks) heard them calling and regularly seen them until August when they just disappeared.

Also hope spotted flycatchers will be back.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Birds

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Other than the fox a walk around the area produced

Crow
Collared dove
Robin
Yellow hammer x20+
Great tit
Blue tit
Long tailed tit
Willow tit
Red Kite x2
Buzzard( 1 pair and two other birds sighted)
Sparrowhawk x1
Kestrel x1
Gs woodpecker
Pheasant x15
Red legged partridge x10
Field fare 30+
Redwing 20+
wood pigeon x200
feral pigeon
mallards x4
Jay x1
goldcrest 3
wren
magpie
Woodcock (flushed from fortune hill woods)
Chaffinch x3
Linnet x2
Reed bunting x4
goldfinch
song thrush x6
Dipper x2
Black headed gull x10

Also 2 rabbits, and 4 roe deer.

Dunnocks were also in song.

Little owls calling 9:30pm

local walk

Cruel

A fox I discovered somebody had hung it from a barbed wire fence by putting a hole in one of its backlegs (in between the bone) and threading the other one through it, I don't know if it is poisoned and could be a threat to other animals, I don't know why somebody would kill it just to hang it up but its all very wrong.
is this illegal?




 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

holywell pond

Coal tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, treecreeper, robin, song thrush x3, blackbird, greylag goose x30, canada goose x 10, mallard x 20, mute swan x 3, herring gull, black headed gull, magpie, crow.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

watergate park

20+ siskin
30+ mallard
100+ black headed gull
a few herring gul
lesser backed gull
tufted duck 15+
Bullfinch 10+
Greenfinch 2
great tit
blue tit
chaffinch x10
robin
blackbird
crow
mute swan
coot 10+
Moorhen 10+

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Saturday outings

Burnhope pond

Out at 8am, 1st stop was Burnside pond, highlight of this trip was a stoat which I spotted on the stone wall which runs along the pond it tried to hide in the wall but then made a dash toward's the road had good views for about a minute, good numbers of goldfinch chaffinch blue tit willow tit robin also a small flock of 5 goldcrest in the plantation, crows jackdaws coal tit long tailed tit blackbirds, song thrush, skylarkx4, black headed gull herring gull pigeon, on the pond 3 common snipe and 1 grey heron

Burdon moor

The 
usual here

Jackdaw crow red kite x1, meadow pipit, yellow hammer, mallard x20, kestrel, Magpie, pheasant, skylark, teal, snipe x3, wren, moorhen.

Causey 

2 roe deer (good views) , 1 grey squirrel, blue tit, blackbird,wren, dunnockx2,  skylark, 8 red legged partridge, chaffinch x20, fieldfare, red kite x1, yellow hammer, blackbirds,

Marley hill

Greenfinch, bullfinch m/f, chaffinch, tree sparrow, blue tit, great tit, willow tit, robin, blackbird, jackdaw, crow, rook, magpie.


Friday, 7 February 2014

observations

On filling up my feeders tonight the unmistakable call of a lapwing from a nearby field brought back memories of birdwatching in 1992 when I was 13 in Bedworth where I grew up, I think we found a nest on the ground with olive eggs in it near a small reed bed also snipe could easily be flushed on every visit. Memories!!!! Anyway glad there back doing whatever lapwings do in fields at night.

Also I'm pretty sure the other calls at night I've been hearing are little owls, which is nice! So that's little owls and tawny owl, shame it's so hard to see the Damn things

Thursday, 6 February 2014

marley hill

Marley hill

8- 8:30am

1red kite
10 black headed gulls
20+ jackdaws
5+ Magpie
Greenfinchx10
Herring gull x2
Rook x3
Wood pigeonx4
Chaffinch x4
Blue tit
Redwing x40
Goldfinch
Grey heron (flew over towards Whickham)
Blackbird x3
1 collared dove
Bull finch
Tree sparrow
Mistle thrush x1
Great tit
Willow tit
Robin
Pheasant m
1 red kite 1:30pm

Circular around marley hill long field farm
3:30-5:00

Jackdaw crow Magpie pheasants x 5, blackbirds 10, red kite over fellside and 1 near long field farm, a rat in a tree, 1 rabbit, the whole of fortune hill wood tree tops was covered in around 500+ wood pigeon, 8 red legged partridge were flushed, 2 kestrel, 1 herring gull, 30+ flock of fieldfare and a flock of 20 and Magpies.
 Shame I didn't see/hear any tawny owls, heard them calling about a month ago on the path to tanfield railway.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Marley hill

41f, 8 mph wind, slight .

Throughout the day this is what ive spotted.

Greenfinch
great tit
wood pigeon
crow
robin
jackdaw
chaffinch
blue tit
magpie
black headed gull
tree sparrow
rook
goldfinch
willow tit
yellow hammer x1( tree top)
blackbird
bullfinch x4
redwing (flock of 30+)
herring gull
starling x1

Also 1 red kite over sunniside , and 1 over fellside road 3pm. 1 seen of marley field 3:30pm.
one collared dove sunniside. theres usually loads of collared dove at st cuthberts church but since cold weather has kicked in they seem to have dispersed. Again no woodpecker.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

st marys and holywell pond

Thought id visit the whitley bay area with the nice weather and a bad knee, not the best visit but heres what I seen.
Herring gull
Teal
mallard
meadow pipit
tufted duck
wood pigeon
crow
jackdaw
magpie
skylark
reed bunting
oystercatcher
curlew 100
redshank
black bird
black headed gull
rock dove/feral pigeon
rock pipit x7
grey heron
starling
sanderlings
all were seen along the coastal path and small pond.

Then a quick visit (10 Mins) To holywell pond not much around but really impressed by the place, what I did see was
mute swan
mallard
tufted duck
canada goose
moorhen
teal
tree sparrow
gs woodpecker
great tit
blue tit
chaffinch
blackbird
woodpigeon

deffo go back in the future.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

oxhill then burdon moor.

Cloudy, 43f. Rain held out till 12.

oxhill


Thought id have a walk around oxhill down the consett and sunderland railway path nz 1852, mainly because I was told that there used to be stonechat in the gorse a few years back but he didnt know if they had survived the past few winters.
I didnt see any, lol. But it does look like a good area for them.
On the other hand I did see a small flock of house sparrow x10+, lots of robin, pheasants x5, blackbird, chaffinch, goldfinch, bullfinch x5, blue tit, herring gull, dunnock, wood pigeon, magpie, feral pigeon.

Burdon moor


A quick visit to burdon produced a flock of about 50 redwing, along the path to hedley hall along with a flock of yellow hammer (15). About 4 pheasants, 20+blackbirds, crow, wren, robin,around 60 golden plover flew over, 5 moorhen, 15 mallards, 4 teal, magpie, black headed gull, coal tit x3, chaffinch x4, great tit, song thrush x1.,2 fieldfare.

also 1 red kite near causey gill.
1 kestrel over fellside road

Marley hill


4 common gull, 10+ Black headed gull, greenfinch, chaffinch, blue, willow, great, tree sparrow, jackdaw, rook, crow, magpie, redwing 20+.

20:00hrs
Heard that intersting call from over marley hill fields again, (wit).

Monday, 27 January 2014

Redwings

Usual suspects on the feeders today, but no woodpecker, very strange....maybe a sparrowhawk victim!
However there was a flock of 30-40 redwing around the football pitch today, seems to be a favoured spot for them, ive seen them daily for the last 2 weeks in the area...
Got a few areas i want to check out in the next few weeks thanks to a few os maps.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

That was stupid.

Went out to do my survey for rspb, in the hour got
Tree sparrow x2
Willow tit x1
Greenfinch x10
Chaffinch x 4
Bullfinch x 2
Blackbird x5
Jackdaw x4
Blue tit x 2
Great tit x 2
Pheasant x1
Goldfinch x5

I do feel sorry for the birds out in this weather, i lasted an hour and 15 minutes being beaten by wind and rain it was even trying to snow.

Did see another hare in the fields at marley hill.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Rspb saltholme

Had a very quick look around saltholme today, the wind was up with spells of heavy rain
Coot, moorhen, goldfinch, greenfinch, blue tit, great tit, shoveler, teal, wigeon x80, tree sparrow x20, 2 little egret, starling, mute swan, canada goose, tufted duck, chaffinch, fieldfare, red breasted merganser x2, gadwall.
Should be revisiting again soon.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Quick view

Kestrel, crows, jackdaw, magpie, greenfinch, chaffinch, tree sparrow, black headed gull, herring gull, redwing, robin, blackbird, willow, blue, great tit.
didnt get out today but this is what I seen from home and car.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Marley hill

Partly cloudy, windy,44f.

In the area today theres been.
jackdaw, crows, rooks A flock of about 300+. Magpie more than usual.
Blue tit, willow tit, great tit, bullfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch. Black headed gulls been cruising overhead. Redwings in flocks of 10+, 2 Sightings of red kite, tree sparrow x3, 10 blackbirds. And collared dove at cuthberts church.
The curlew haven't started gathering around blackmoor hill yet like last year, hopefully they will soon.
No sightings of lapwing in the fields either.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Circular walk

Just heard an unusual bird call at 00:15 marley hill, kinda like a whit, like the beginning of a whistle, it kept repeating. Interesting.

41f, mist cleared about 10am

Anyway decided to do a little circular walk from marley hill down bowes public footpath to tanfield then burdon moor then north to sunniside.

Set off at 8:30 in heavy mist, on the way to burdon moor seen wren, robin, magpie, wood pigeon, great tit, blue tit, blackbird, chaffinch, jackdaws, crows, and black headed gulls. On the field next to tanfield station i had great views of 10 Red legged partridge, got to about 20 metres and they didnt even spook, thanks to the mist.
i Entered burdon moor a little dissapointed as there were about 3 cars in the car park,(dog walkers), but hey ho i carried on. Seen a grey Heron to the left of the path to the moor, a dunnock in the hedge, coal tits too. decided not to use the circular path but decided to check around the moor, seen a moorhen, about 10 mallards, hare, pheasants 8 golden plover, and heard skylark. at this point the mist was still thick, so i sat it out till it cleared, when it had i walked back towards the hedley hall footpath where there were about 100 noisy redwing which were spooked by the horse in the field. about 4 pheasants and a kestrel hovering, jays were calling in the woods also.
I then decided to to again walk along burdon moor via the tyne wear track to sunniside, this time on the way instead of 8 golden plovers there were a little under 200.which was nice! and a red kite with a pink left wing tag and a yellow right wing tag. carrying on i spooked a Common snipe in the field just before  pennyfine road. seen starling, lots of rook, jackdaw, crows, wood pigeon, herring gulls, black headed gulls and about 50 redwing in the horse fields going down to sunnisde. 2 bullfinch in someones driveway also.
overall a nice walk if a little chilly.


Sunday, 19 January 2014

A grey rainy day.

Marley Hill

45F

Plenty of flooded fields, muddy paths etc which is a downer, but no sign of snow with only a few frosty mornings which cant be bad.
Birds seen today are Jackdaw(around 50), Redwing in good numbers, crows, Greenfinch 20+(feeders), Goldfinch 30+(feeders and top of trees), Willow tit x3(feeders), Pheasants, 2 male and 1 female, blue tits on feeders, Black headed gull x30, 2 herring gull. Chaffinch , tree sparrow x2, dunnock x1, robin, all on or around feeders. 1 mistle thrush perched high in tree. sparrowhawk or kestrel flashed past. and lots of blackbirds.
Havnt seen the woodpecker or bullfinch's for a few days though.
Alot of the field hedges were very quiet today hardly any song or birds.
Heard a red-legged partridge.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A misty morning.

Shibdon pond.


Canada goose (1 with an injured wing),Mallard, Mute swan,Blue, long tailed, coal tit, Grey heron,
Shelduck x6, Black headed gull, Herring gull, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing 100+, wren, robin, Blackbird,
Teal 10+, Crow, Magpie.
Couldnt get a view from the hide as ive lost my key, however it looked like it could have been a good show.

Causey arch


Thought id visit the arch again to see if there were any wagtails but there wasnt any however the dippers were there which was nice, i spotted about 3, could have been a fourth but not sure could have been the same which i had just seen perched on a rock fly past me as i walked along the stream.

Burdon moor


Crows, wood pigs, A few fieldfare by horse jumps, robins, about 20 mallards, two Teal, 1 pheasant, 1 jay, black birds wren and a song thrush on the way back to the car. heard a few interesting calls from the reeds but didnt have time to sit if it showed, also about 20 Golden plover flew over.

Marley hill


Greenfinch, chaffinch, tree sparrow x3, redwing x10, fieldfare x2, Black headed gull, blackbird,goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, willow tit x3, jackdaw,rook, x5 crow, pheasant, all around the football pitch and adjacent fields.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Evening twitch

Causey arch area produced 3 dippers, 3 bullfinch, blue tit, great tit, willow tit, coal tit, crow, magpie, blackbird and a kestrel.
Also Watergate had b.h gull, herring gull, moorhen, coot, mallard, tufted duck, 3 mute swan.

marley hill, feeders.

Greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch, willow tit, bluetit, great tit, tree sparrow, robin, jackdaw.