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