Thursday, 29 October 2015

Searching the square 2056

I few days ago 25th i think i returned, i pretty much stuck to a public path which isnt used much east of the main path it takes you through a game feeding area which has lots of cover for birds ie gorse ferns hawthorn etc (in the summer the ferns were taller than me and im 6'2) In this area there were willow tit, long tailed tit linnet lt tit goldcrest etc the path according to the os map is pretty much unfollowable so you kind of have to improvise and try to get across into the small wood which is old birch oak and a good number of old alder trees which i havnt noticed before, there is a small path running through this wood which takes you up to a crossing of tanfield railway track. there wasnt much here today however i think if theres a place your gonna see redpoll, siskin etc its here, the alders were full of catkins. Anyway i then got out the wood and tried to make my way down to the small pond through marshy ground , a small hide which the game keeper has made is here with targets of foxes scattered in the area so obviously if any ducks land on the pond or pheasants visit this area at the wrong time there not gonna stand much chance, in fact there usually is moorhen on the pond but not today. Good news on the stonechat front as a female showed herself and eventually a male popped up too, i had a few minutes with them then carried on,( theres been a number of occasions where ill watch a bird for quite a while and then out of nowhere a sparrowhawk comes in and catches some bird in the immediate area) i feel that hanging around to much makes the bird more cautous of me than any other threat in the area so now i dont hang around too much.anyway by now it was getting dark so i decided to head back.

I wonder what the alders will bring?!?!

species seen
1red kite
3 yellowhammer
4 feral pigeon
5 dunnock
7 song thrush
8 lt tit
9 willow tit
10 coal tit
11 bh gull
13 blue tit
14 great tit
15 goldcrest
16 wood pi
17 bullfinch
18 wren
19 fieldfare
20 gs woodpecker
21 greenfinch
22 stonechat x2
23 chaffinch
24 jay
25 siskin
26 linnet.

on the way back through NZ2057 heard tawny owl, red legged partridge 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

In The square NZ2056

After i had a thorough search for birds last week in NZ2056 i thought this week id try another with a few hours to spare i set out the house in the dark at 06:30am , to be honest the reason i got out at this time was for the owls however the wind was up and they wasnt calling or if they were i didnt hear them. i did spot a bird which to be honest could have been anything dart into the trees just behind Tanfield railway but it was just too dark. for some reason i was'nt really expecting much or anything exciting as it is an area im familar with. I decided i would work on the area around causey gill/fortune hill wood although i did scan the fields on the way down and back again.The light was bad and the weather was overcast but the first good bird came in the form of a willow tit always a bird that cheers me up and infact there were about two in the area, calling away, i then noticed there were a few Alder trees which oddly enough i hadnt noticed before but i gave them a quick scan and alas 2 siskins were feeding on them , the 1st time ive seen siskin in this square. so this was great also greenfinch were in the hedges quite a rarity !!! most of the regulars were about and a quick mooch through the start of causey gill produced a dipper,nuthatch, treecreeper etc i had a quick walk around the field north of fortune hill where i flushed about 7 pheasants  and then decided to hang around the elders again maybe for some redpoll action, but sadly none, so i decided to take the slow walk back, then i noticed ahead of me on the path 2 grey partridge possibly the best view ive had through the bino's one was standing tall and i could see the black patch on its underside, lovely. so i carried on and a few paces forward and another bird caught my attention in the hedge, a bloody Stonechat  again the 1st time i've seen one in this square, no doubt it was probably on its way to burdon moor, where they always tend to show up, but maybe, as i havnt really been birding in this area over 2015, they could have bred, i will deffo keep an eye out!
Anyway that was that and i walked home happy!

species list. 36 species spotted

lapwing c75
mallard 20
meadow pipit 1
bullfinch 10
dipper 1
goldcrest 3
chaffinch 5
goldfinch 50+
coal tit 2
willow tit 2
jay 2
long tailed tit
20.feral pigeon
treecreeper 1
siskin 2
blue tit
black headed gull
redwing 3
mistle thrush 1
gs woodpecker 1
greenfinch 1
grey partridge 2
starling 25+
stonechat 1
yellowhammer 2

Monday, 12 October 2015

thornley woods

Arrived at the visitors centre at 6-45am as i entered the wood a female and male tawny owl were calling in the darkness as i followed the path i noticed  a roe deer  in the field to the east. Throughout the wood flocks of tits were calling with goldcrest and treecreeper out in force, the occasional nuthatch would pop up here and there.,a red kite landed in a pine tree right above me with another flying ,2 buzzards were perched on pylons in field east of the wood watching the pigeons feeding on a recently ploughed field.bullfinch were also present here and there as were jays and great spotted woodpeckers
popped in the hide where blue, coal, great tit, nuthatch, robin. chaffinch, wren and treecreeper were showing well think i may donate a feeder and some seed this winter.
and around 25+ canada goose flew over, also grey squirrels

Its been a while since i last visited and i noticed theyve been busy thinning the pines, which is a good thing also nice to see dead wood been left throughout the walk, quite a pleasant walk really it would be nice to get a few more species next time.

The species list. 26

Tawny owl 2
wood pigeon
buzzard 2
canada goose 25+
herring gull
blue tit
great spotted woodpecker
red kite 2
tree creeper
great tit
skylark fly over
black headed gull
feral pigeon
coal tit.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Walk to Far Pastures and back.

Started off a 6am again, nice and dark. had little owls and lapwings calling at marley hill, then tawnies calling in clockburn wood and paddock hill wood, when it was light there was lots of fog so went to the hide here there were teal, mallard, snipe x5, little grebe, water rail and a mute swan made quite an entrance dropping out of the fog I felt quite sorry for him as he seemed to be looking for his mate and was constantly calling. on the way back I spotted a kingfisher on the derwent also dipper x5 grey wagtail, a few red kite overhead were seen and 4 lovely goosander near on the derwent near clockburn lake.
in marley hill there were 25+ tree sparrows along the hedges in a field. great stuff.

Full list 51 species

mute swan
red legged partridge
little grebe
red kite
water rail
herring gull
black headed gull
feral pigeon
wood pigeon
collared dove
tawny owl
little owl
great spotted woodpecker
grey wagtail
pied wagtail
long tailed tit
willow tit
coal tit
blue tit
house sparrow
tree sparrow
reed bunting.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015


started of early 6am for awalk down to the derwent, it had been raining all night and was still spitting as i set off, the only bird of note were lapwing calling in fields north of marley hill , in fact the  1st birds seen were tawnies, heard  a male and female just after i crossed the viaduct as light was setting in.

I pretty much headed straight to far pastures to escape the rain and poor light, a water rail eventually showed, 13 snipe were still asleep at edge of reeds, teal, mallard, little grebe and moorhen were present, a few chiffchaff too. on the lane i spotted 2 lesser redpoll in amongst the trees with a possible 12 flying away. 2 dippers were singing to each other on the derwent with mallards and little grebe, also a siskin at owlet hill meadow.

up on long hill there was alot of activity with 3redwing song+ mistle thrushs, chaffinchx8 should have checked for brambling a greenfinch and linnets and a lone magpie trying to warn them all off. a swallow quickly flew through.

From start to finish this is all I seen.
1 mallard
2 teal
3 pheasant
4 little grebe
5 cormorant
6 grey heron
7 buzzard
8 red kite
9 kestrel
10 water rail
11 moorhen
12 lapwing
13 snipe
14 curlew
15 black headed gull
16 feral pigeon
17 wood pigeon
18 collared dove
19 tawny owl
20 green woodpecker
21 great spotted woodpecker
22 swallow x1
23 meadow pipit
24 grey wagtail
25 pied wagtail
26 grey wagtail
27 wren
28 dunnock
29 robin
30 blackbird
31 redwingx3
32 song thrush
33 mistle thrush
34 chiffchaff
35 long tailed tit
36 willow tit
37 blue tit
38 great tit
39 nuthatch
40 jay
41 magpie
42 jackdaw
43 crow
44 starling
45 house sparrow
46 chaffinch
47 goldfinch
48 greenfinch
49 siskin
50 linnet
51 lesser redpoll
52 bullfinch
53 yellowhammer
54 reed bunting

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Swallow and house martin.

Spotted a few swallows today and a house martin, also lapwings were calling out in the fields with little owl last night.  More mysteriously while i was out a bird that i could not see was circling making a klee-eep noise quite high pitched it was after dark. Ive searched all the possible nocturnal birds it could have been but couldnt make a connection. My other possibility could be a bat but sadly i know nothing about them it seem to loud to come from a bat though..... Very strange.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

"Do you like owls?"

This morning i set off at 5:30 am, (in the pitch black), my planned destination was up to riding barns farm via the footpaths north of Marley hill, then onto hole lane then all the way down along Clockburn wood over the Derwent river, scan Clockburn pond/lake then follow the river path to the viaduct over the viaduct down again to the river(owlet hill) then maybe to Far pastures time permitting.........

It really is exciting to walk when its still dark the senses are heightened, there's hardly any noise and this morning was perfect as it was'nt too cold (or if it was i was soon warmed up by my body heat) and there was hardly any wind.

The 1st bit of action started when i arrived at Riding barns farm, trying my best to make as little noise as possible on the gravel path to try and not set off any dogs that may live at the farm. i noticed a Tawny owl standing upright on the roof  we were staring at each other for a few seconds then it silently swooped down and then right along the path and up into a big old oak tree. Bonus.....Anyway i carried on, i crossed a sty into a field and as i approached Long hill there must have been about 2-3 Little owls calling to each other..i was'nt lucky enough to see one but it was still a bonus in my book! (2 little owl territories within a few minutes of my house). i got out of the fields and onto a very dark, quiet, shadow filled, hole be honest there was'nt much happening, the odd robin song/call,crows in the distance ghostly shadows etc etc i crossed fellside road and started down alongside clockburn wood as i walked thoughts of the  Friday the 13th movies,Horse thief's, crazy maniacs who walk around woods at night (uh uh) and hell beasts, kept me amused......Again the calls of female and male Tawny owls came from the wood and as i stood and listened i realized they have quite a vocabulary. i reckon 3-4 seperate birds were taking part in the night time operatics... but a surprise came when i heard a woodcock about half way down the lane in a boggy area(1st ive heard down hole lane)......and that was pretty much it other than the very odd blast of cold air that seemed to go right through me as i approached the bridge at the end of hole lane ,ghost train???????as i got out the woods i crossed the bridge where a heron was hunting and bats were flying over the derwent (it was almost light now), on clockburn lake the usually two mute swans, little grebe x2, mallards, moorhen and as i got onto the path along the river i heard another Tawny owl (scar bank) up in the trees. 2-3 dippers were spotted along the river however further along the path alot of cattle had escaped and were having breakfast on the trees and shrubbery in the area and bolted from me making lots of noise leaving behind only a few mallards on the river, i crossed the viaduct and down to the meadow in the hope some goosander maybe about, but no only a few mallards were seen and another dipper another surprise came when i flushed a snipe from the edge of the river twice! kraa....a buzzard and 2 red kites were also seen in this area, time was getting on at this point so i decided to head back via hollinside manor i did a "ROCKY BALBOA" up the steps and in the field to the right a green woodpecker was calling, up at the manor a red kite was in the air but not much else....i slowly took on the dreaded walk up hill up hole lane back home!

Full list.

1 mute swan
2 mallard
3 pheasant
4 little grebe
5 grey heron
6 buzzard
7 red kite
8 moorhen
9 woodcock
10 snipe
11 curlew
12 black headed gull
13 feral pigeon
14 wood pigeon
15 collared dove
16 tawny owl
17 little owl
18 green woodpecker (heard near hollinside manor)
19 meadow pipit x2
20 grey wagtail
21 pied wagtail
22 dipper 4
24 dunnock
26 blackbird
28 long tailed tit
29 coal tit
30 blue tit
31 great tit
32 nuthatch x1
33 jay
34 magpie
35 jackdaw
36 crow
37 starling x10
38 house sparrow x5
39 chaffinch
40 linnet
41 bullfinch
42 yellowhammer x10

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Marley hill area

Ive been watching a little owl now for just around a week which i spotted by simply going on a jog just before sunset since then ive been proud to say i got a little owl 2miutes from my house and over the last few days ive been out around dusk and dawn to see what its up to, not sure yet how many but a feeling 2.had one perched on a hay bale a few nights ago.

Other than that a few walks down hole lane to derwent also a small walk to longhouse farm.

  • Black headed gull numbers are slowly increasing
  • still willow tits down hole lane
  • tawny owl calling east of byermoor
  • had a rare visit just outside kitchen window by 7 long tailed tit not often seen around marley hill football pitch
  • 14 curlew near riding barns fm
  • hare sightings.
  • nuthatches hole lane east of whickham gc
  • partridges grey and red legged seen and heard
  • 2 buzzards still around fortune hill wood.
  • Linnets seem to be doing well
  • skylarks meadow pipits still present.
  • chiffchaff still calling late sept.
  • swallows still present nr riding barns fm 28-9-15

Monday, 17 August 2015

fortune hill and pont burn walks tree pipit, green woodpecker etc

15-8-15 fortune hill walk from marley hill

1.collared dove
3 jackdaw martin tit.
7 goldfinch
8meadow pipit
9 yellow hammer
10 wren
11 willow warbler
12 long tailed tit
13 lapwing 20
14 linnet 8
15 buzzard 1
16 swallow
18 red kite 1
19 robin
20 green woodpecker s of byermoor x1
21 bullfinch
22 herring gull
23 willow tit 4
25 great spotted woodpecker
27 tree creeper

shibdon pond 16-8-15

black tailed godwit x3
water rail 

pont burn walk 17-8-15

coal tit
wood pigeon
grey heron
red kite
blue tit
stock dove
great spotted woodpecker
black bird
great tit
tree pipit x3
tree sparrow x4
house sparrow
grey wagtail x4
tree creeper
yellow hammer x1

my path taken around pont burn 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

pont burn

No tree pipits due to farm work however ticked blackcap so its all good.
Pont burn wood again was quiet however nice views of roe deer nuthatch and treecreeper with calling buzzards in the distance with the occasional bullfinch, great tit blue tit coal tit with added song thrush blackbird.
Exiting thewoods wood pigeon, crows showed with a few swallows over rhe fields. And house sparrow, yello hammer and chaffinch along the hedgerows, blackcap showed at the end of the walk in an overgrown area alongside the driveway to hamsterley hall

beech i think

buzzards were in those pines

hamsterley hall

view over hamsterley park where they were going to build

along hamsterley spring wood

various footpaths through wood

hamsterley spring wood

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Pont burn tree pipits

5+ tree pipits were acting like they werent red listed species today at south field farm nr pont burn woodd today which was the highlight of the walk this morning.
Also 2red kite seen around the entrance gates to hamsterley hall, also a green woodpecker heard but not seen i. This area too.
Dipper and grey wagtail along the burn.
In the deciduous wood tbere were Nuthatch, great and blue tits, Treecreeper, wood pigeon, robin, song tbrush, blackbird,great dlotte hspottedwoodpecker however the woods were a bit quiet.
In the open areas a small flock of house sparrows, yellow hammer, chaffinch and whitethroat, goldfinch, with crows jackdaws and magpie. Buzzards were soaring over head and kestrels were hunting over the long grass.
Swallows and house martins were over the fields and farm house. Where there could have been a spotted flycatcher but quickly disappeared so no i. D.
Looking forward to getting out tbere again soon before migration starts.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

bobby shafto-kibblesworth common-lamesley reedbeds- team valley- urpeth

On monday i set off from bobby shafto and took the public footpaths through kibblesworth common through some lovely fields and wooded areas which eventually brought me to the main cycle path to kibblesworth i visited lamesley reedbeds which was dissapointing then when through kibblesworth brick works where i took some pics of a roe deer which stood its ground then i walked along the team burn/stream hoping to see kingfisher/dipper but the rain had raised water levels considerably, however i did spot a small gathering of greylag and canada goose also 4sedge warbler which was great as i havnt seen them in this section before i got onto the public fp up to low urpeth farm when a tawny owl flew towards me and landed in an oak i froze as it was unaware of me and watched it for a good 5minutes until it flew off at this point it was dark and i finished off my walk back to bobby shafto caravan park.  Also on the way i spotted 2little owls which were in the same tree monday and tuesday, about time i tracked down some of these beautys.
A great walk, ive prett much followed all the footpaths in this area now and feel i know the area quite well now.

1-reed bunting-team valley pond
2-yellow hammer
5-siskin-kibblesworth pool
6-greenfinch-pockerley farm
9-house sparrow-pockerley farm-kib lesworth farm
15-great tit
16-blue tit
17-coal tit-hedley pines
18-long tailed tit
19-willow warbler
20-chiff chaff
21-black cap-kib lesworth common
22-white throat
23-sedge warbler-team valley pond
24-song thrush
25-black bird
29-house martin
31-great spotted woodpecker
33-little owl 2-birkland lane
34-tawny owl 1 spotted next to low urpeth farm also heard pines off birk land lane
35-wood pigeon
36-feral pigeon
37-herring gull
38-black headed gull
40-golden plover
44-red kite
46-grey heron
47-little grebe-kibblesworth brick work
49-red legged partridge-kibblesworth commo
51-canada goose
52-grey lag goose

Monday, 15 June 2015

14_5_15 beamish sunday

I was tempted not to go today because of the weather but i thought about burning calories and that swung it for me. Burdon moor stubble field was alive with skylark meadow pipit. I decided to miss out hedley an area i dont enjoy so walked the road way to carricks wood, gs woodpecker, tree sparrow, nuthatch were all a out also a good sized dead frog on the road, i explored south of causey gill wood where theres a bridge over a stream. Good number of nuthatch and great tit. Got to carricks would where there were too many dog walkers so probably an early morning would do it justice then ut was pretty much scaning the usual area.

Bird species

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Beamish saturday 7-6-15

On my recent visit, great views of Nuthatch at a nest also great spotted woodpecker at feeding chicks, tufted ducks on pockerley pond which was a new patch tick also pied wagtail wjich again was a patch tick, plenty of dipper and grey wagtail along the beamish burn.
Sadly the redstart seems to have moved on, i visited twice in day and both drew a blank, predation or carrying on its journey.
Also signs of green woodpecker which wasnt made 100%as it was silhouetted and disturbed by a dog walker as soon as i put my binoculars up to it,  still adds a search for my next visit.
A slightly disappointing visit down to no redstart and windy weather.

1 mallard pockerley/beamish burn
2 tufted duck new pockerley
3 pheasant
4 little grebe pockerley pond
5 grey heron pockerley
6 coot pockerley
7 moorhen pockerley
8 herring gull fly over
9 wood pigeon
10 swift
11 gs woodpecker coppy wood with young
12 house martin
13 swallow
14 grey wagtail x5 young too
15 pied wagtail new
16 dipper beamish burn x5 young too
17 wren
18 dunnock
19 robin
20 blackbird
21 song thrush
22 mistle thrush
23 whitethroat
24 blackcap
25 garden warbler
26 chiffchaff
27 willow warbler
28 goldcrest
29 long tailed tit
30 blue tit at nest
31 great tit
32 nutatch x2 at nest wood to high forge
33 treecreeper
34 jay near high forge x2
35 magpie
36 rook
37 crow
38 chaffinch
39 goldfinch
40 greenfinch x3 near high forge
41 bullfinch
42 Yellowhammer
44 reed bunting pockerley pond

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Beamish sunday

Started of at coppy lane walked past beamish hall and along beamish burn then down to the ford then kinda into beamish museum then high forge back up past the ford up to mill wood then up through hedley further up to burdon then up to fortune hill woods area.

Birds seen on the windy rainy day were

3.grey heron-s of wheatleys gill
4.buzzard-wheatleys gill kite burdon moor and wheatleys gill
6.kestrel-near flint mill beamish
7.oystercatcher-field adjacent to coppy lane
8.lapwing - with young at coppy lane
9.curlew-near burdon moor
10.herring gull
11.feral pigeon
12.wood pigeon
13.collared dove
14.swift woodpecker
16.skylark-coppy lane and around causey/ta field/burdon
18 house martin
19.tree pipit-fortune hill wood been here since middle of may, spotted in same area
20.meadow pipit-causey/tanfield/burdon
21.grey wagtail-beamish burn
23.du nock
25.redstart beamish nz2254
26.blackbird thrush
28.mistle thrush
30.blackcap warbler-hedley hall walk
33.willow warbler
34.spotted flycatcher-coppy wood+millwood
36.long tailed tit
37.willow tit-fortune hill
38.coal tit tit
40.great tit
41.treecreeper-fortune hill
42.jay-fortune hill
47.starling sparrow-various housing around coppy lane
51.greenfinch-high forge beamish
52.linnet-burdon moor
55.reed bunting

Saturday, 23 May 2015

beamish redstart

longest walk ever started at 6;30am went down tanfield path from marley hill across road to burdon 25greylag) went down to hedley hall woods, passed pockerley pond through beamish woods, passed the ford, up to beamish burn to beamish wild turned back on myslef passed the ford then to flint mill over footbridge back onto tyne and wear trail onto main road into field by bobby shafto caravan park through field then enter ousbrough from the east minstrel farm (mount escomb) through ousbrough woods back up to flint mill eventually getting back to the ford and beamish burn/beamish ropes road then up coppy lane to causey then up to marley hill.

i cant be bothered to write where i actually seen specific birds on the blog at the moment ill be putting that on my other patch work blog soon


1.reed bunting(right of pockerley pond)
2.yellow hammer
3 bullfinch
4 linnet
5 greenfinch
6 chaffinch
7 goldfinch
8 house sparrow
11 carrion crow
15treecreeper(beamish ford)
16nuthatch(beamish ford)
17willow tit(beamish ford)
Possible marsh tit(nz222547) tit
19.great tit
20.coal tit
21.long tailed tit
23.spotted flycatcher(2-3at coppy wood)
24.chiff chaff
25willow warbler
26 whitethroat
27.blackcap warbler nz226544
30.mistle thrush thrush
32.common redstart
36.dipper (beamish burn nz2154/55)
37.grey wagtail(stream near mistrel farm, ousbrough wood)
38.meadow pipit
heard tree pipit fortune hill again not seen tho
39house martin
40 swallow
41skylark(coppy lane, ridley hill)
heard green woodpecker
42great spotted woodpecker
43 swift
44 wood pigeon
45.feral pigeon
46.collared dove
47.lapwing(coppy lane)
48.coot(pockerley pond)
49.moorhen(pockerley pond)
50.kestrel(field op beamish wild entrance)
51.common buzzard(wood s. Of redburn banks.)
52.grey heron(pockerley pond)
53.little grebe(pockerley pond)
54 red legged partridge
56.mallard(pockerley pond)
57.canada goose(pockerley pond)
58. greylag goose(burdon moor)

Pockerley pond

Durham and 

Pockerley hill woods

Near high forge

Coppy woods
Big tree

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Watergate park

Had a walk around the park from 12-2pm,wasnt too busy,  highlight were 5moorhen chicks, reed warbler, little grebe,  yellow wags.

Full list.

9.wood pigeon tit
12.mute swan
15.canada goose
18.little grebe
19.reed warbler
20.tufted duck
21.lesser black backed gull
22.willow warbler
23.reed bunting
25.grey heron
26.grey wagtail
27. chaffinch
28.long tailed tit
31.blackcap warbler martin

Saturday, 16 May 2015

devon 8-5-15 till 15-5-15

had a family trip to brixham, stopped off at various places Dartmoor, hound tor, widdicombe, berry head didn't really have much time to bird watch but
heard a cuckoo at hound tor, along with wheatear,
raven, whinchat, stonechat feeding young and fulmar seen around berry head

looks excellent for bird watching though,

Tree pipit

A thorough search through fortune hill woods today came good with a tree pipit singing and perched in a tree it was calling while I was looking for flycatchers so eventually I tracked it down.had to record it's call just to make sure as I haven't seen many damn sure it wasn't a meadow pipit as it was slightly bigger and seemed more confident than meadow pipit at one point it was walking effortlessly along a branch.was good numbers of black flying insects around the wood today maybe it will stick around for a couple of days
 another grasshopper warbler was tracked down near the wood also good number of swifts in area too.

Got a positive i.d from mark newsome thats good enough for me. 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

bike ride to burdon whinchat

Zoomed to burdon moor got 1 male whinchat no wheatear a few meadow pipit,pheasant,mallard ,kestrel, a hare was resting in the grass.
On the way back linnet,bullfinch,song thrush,blackbird,yellowhammer,  but sadly didn't hear the grasshopper warbler. Hopefully it's still there.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tuesday 28-4-15

Had a quick bike ride to see if the grasshopper warbler is still after the poor weather and thankfully it's still reeling. Come on let's have some sunshine!!!!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunday 26-4-15

Cold morning but warmed up. 7am-11am
7c,westerly winds.sunny/cloudy

Grasshopper warbler still reeling this early morning and late morning got better views today as it came top of bush.still no signs of a 2nd hopefully he'll get another drop in soon.
Seen quite a few blackcap. willow warbler are everywhere.
Whitethroat numbers seem to be increasing.
Wheatear still at burdon
Didn't.catch.up with the whinchat again.

Today's list.

1)reed buntingX2
8)house sparrow
11)carrion crow
14)willow titX1
15)blue tit
16)great tit
17)Long tailed tit
19)willow warbler 20+
22)grasshopper warblerX1
24)Song thrushX2
29)Pied wagtail
30)meadow pipitX10
31)house martin
33)Wood pigeon
34)Collared dove
35)herring gull
38)golden ploverX26
40)Red kiteX2
41)grey heronX1

Saturday, 25 April 2015

gotcha grasshopper!

Set off at 6.00am thought I'd take a different route to burdon moor to look for the whinchat.checked out an area I used to use alot, hearing the grasshopper warbler a few days ago I still had the desire to search the area, and thats what I did and by 7:15am it had been heard and seen,well after around 3/4 of an hour staring at a reeling young hawthorn bush,then it gave itself away by flying into undergrowth and then appearing left in another young hawthorn bush which was around 30ft in front of me then I quickly grabbed my binoculars and it stayed in a small clearing of the bush allowing me to see it raise its little head and start reeling.chuffed to bits.could have been a great second.
On the way back from burdon it was still reeling at around 10am.
Also whitethroat Greenfinch,chaffinch,linnet,goldfinch, blackbird, wren,Dunnock, blue tit,willow tit,long tailed tit,2 female blackcap

1 roe deer and rabbit.

At burdon
Around 20 wheatear, 30 plover,Lapwing, mallard,willow warbler, Pied wagtail, mallard,moorhen, 2 red kite, kestrel,meadow pipit,skylark,reed bunting lots of linnet

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Roding not reeling.

Had a quick walk to Tanfield railway and back just after the sun set to see for signs of grasshopper warbler, sadly no reeling.
Although there are quite another of woodcock roding with a pair I flushed and about 3-4 roding just behind Tanfield railway on the hill.
Also 1or 2 tawny owl calling.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

reeling warbler marley hill

This morning as I was packing the car a grasshopper warbler was reeling left of marley hill football pitch around 5:15am.exciting!! I know that they have been seen near here in the past, so over the next few days I'll be keeping an ear out for them, especially tonight.
Cant here it at the moment 10:16am but I know dusk and dawn is the best times.fingers crossed it sticks around.
Also today 3 house martin's are around the houses.

Warbler update
Again reeling again 12 pm

Monday, 20 April 2015

1st whitethroat 2015

After my walk yesterday and having seen no whitethroat, today peering out my windows scanning the fields for house martin's one appears and starts singing right out front of the house.great stuff.they'll be everywhere soon.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

marley hill to causey arch

2)meadow pipit
4)linnet 20+
7)tree sparrowx8 north west of marley hill in hedge row a nice surprise
11)lesser black backed gull
12)herring gull
16)willow warbler
17)blue title
19)great tit
20)great spotted woodpecker
28)yellow hammer
30)red legged partridge
31)house sparrowx20

Also 4 hare,2 roe deer,a grey squirrel and a few rabbit.
No jays still.

Friday, 17 April 2015

1st swallow of 2015

Haven't been out much recently but today I seen my 1st 2 swallows at streetgate on the electric wires.also a red kite was in the area.

Friday, 27 March 2015

marley hill

Over the week birds seen from the comfort of the house
2 willow tits,robin Dunnock house/tree sparrow greenfinch,Chaffinch, bullfinch and goldfinch,a few red kites, a buzzard and a kestrel, many crows rooks, jackdaw, Magpie,blue tit, great tit, pheasant,lapwing,starling,Woodpigeon, herring gull,black headed gull, common gull,

Saturday, 21 March 2015

seo and stonechat burdon

Had a quick walk to causey via the usual way.
Where have all the jays gone?
3 hares seen around marley hill

1)red kite
5)Linnet x50
7)meadow pipits x10
8)Common gull x10
9)Herring gull
10)Black headed gull
11)red legged partridge
12)Pied wagtail
13)Wood pigeon
19)Lapwing x20 in fields around marley hill mast
21)Great tit
22) long tailed tit
 At causey arch
29)grey wagtail x3
And at burdon moor
31)short.eared owl x2showing very.well.
And a
32)female stonechat
33) teal
34)Common snipe
Burdon new fences

Saturday, 14 March 2015

brandon marsh nature reserve coventry

1 foot away

Add capas in the area I thought I'd check out this nice reserve
Species list
2)tufted duck
4)Black headed gull
5)long tailed tit
6)Blue tit
8)green woodpecker
14)Great crested grebe
15)Canada goose
16)Mute swan
25)Common gull
26)lesser black backed gull
27)Greylag goose
28)Herring gull
29)Common snipe
31)Wood pigeons
35)grey heron
37)Great tit
38)Great spotted woodpecker

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Sunday bloody sunday,possibly wheatear

Far pastures

Popped to the hide
1 little grebe
A few Mallard
5-6 Coot
4 Moorhen
10 teal
Reed bunting
Fly over red kite and buzzard

Car park
Goldfinch,Chaffinch, pheasant,Moorhen, willow tit, long tailed tit, blue tit, reed bunting,Blackbird,great tit

A few red shank
2 oystercatcher
Greylag goose
Sparrowhawk kill on feeders
1 wigeon

Burdon moor

Got here just before sunset.
No definite owl sightings.
although what could have.been a short eared
owl flew across as I was
scanning and landed on the ground in a dip so I couldn't see what it was
Lapwing were about as we're snipe(which seem to be more vocal after dark)
I swear I seen the white T of.a wheatear  in the field with the horses in.but is it a tad too early.?

Thursday, 5 March 2015

kittiwakes on Tyne bridge

Seen one as I was.crossing from Newcastle to gateshead it appeared to be sitting on an old nest.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

rspb Saltholme

Had a visit today
Highlights for me were a long eared owl roosting in a hedge which I had great views through a scope, a little egret, and a massive flock of wigeon.

Birds seen.
1)Tree sparrow
6)Blue tit
7)Great tit
8)reed bunting
9)Wood pigeon
10)Mute swan
11)tufted duck
15)little grebe
16)Great crested grebe
17)Canada goose
18)Greylag goose
19)long eared owl(at back of reserve)
22)little egret
23)Common snipe
29)Black headed gull

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Leo at burdon

Brief views around 6.00pm this evening around the wooden section of the path.
Not much else around.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Plenty of willow tit

More willow tit today than any other bird really, apart from a flock of redwing i believe the causey area really has a healthy willow tit population and it really would be a shame if the open cast mining plans went ahead. but time will tell.

3)red kitex1
6)willow tit (had about 10 different birds sighted)
7)great titx2
8)common snipex1
10)wood pigeon
11)blue titx4
14)blackheaded gull
15)herring gull
19)song thrush
pheasant x1

other than the willow tit and the clear sky a very quiet evening indeed.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Fall on your ass and flush a Tawny.

My Route(.crossed section is propsed opencast)
Walked to causey today.

Birds seen were as follows
4)common gullx4
5)black headed gull
8)red legged partridge x10
9)skylark lots the sky was alive with them
12)grey heronx1
14)herring gull
16)meadow pipitx2
17)blue tit
18)great tit
19)willow titx5
20)long tailed titx20
25)GREEN WOODPECKER x1 got good view as it was clung to a tree
26)great spotted woodpeckerx1
29)buzzardx2(was perched about 20ft in front of me only seen it when it flew and scared the crap out of me)
30)TAWNY OWL(having slipped on my ass I spooked it and it flew from an oak over to the other side of wood followed it and got it again) YEAR TICK !
33)wood pigeon
35)collared dove
36)reed buntingx1
37)mallard x2 
38)magpie                 also 2 hare were seen which was nice

Also dead two foxes with partridge and another animal which I couldn't identify, had been wrapped in wire fence and left to rot probably by the local game keeper.
2 Fox, pheasant and another animal

dead sheep

also a dead sheep near the marley hill mast

Birds heard but not seen
nuthatch and curlew and yellow hammer

Friday, 13 February 2015

the fog without the pirates

Sled lane
Held 7 goosander

Marley hill football pitch

2)Common gullx1
3)Black headed gullx10
11)Wood pigeons x20
12)Bullfinch x2
13)Blue tit
15)Great tit.x2
17)Collared dove x5
18)willow titx1
19)Herring gull x2
20)tree sparrowx1
21)sparrowhawk x1 male failed kill, perched by feeders orange buff 3:15pm

Thursday, 12 February 2015

signs of spring

Dunnock singing today

Also quite a a good number of species seen from the bedroom windows this morning
Crow x5
Jackdaw x10
Willow titx1
Chaffinch x2
Tree sparrow x4
Greenfinch x5
Great tit x1
Magpie x3
Black headed gull x10
Herring gull x3
Blue tit x2
Kestrel x2 both perched
Wood pigeon
Redwing x1
Red kite x2 circling over field
Pheasant x1
Bullfinch x2 my/f
Song thrush x1 on football pitch

Not bad for 30minutes
Hoping to see goldfinch,
Wren maybe a common gull taking it up to around 24 species.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

marley hill feeders

Chaffinch x2
Blue.tit x1
Great titx1
Willow titx1
Tree sparrow x2

Monday, 9 February 2015

marley hill feeders

Yellow hammerx1
Willow titx1
Tree sparrowx2
Blue tit

Sunday, 8 February 2015

the short eared owl still at burdon

A quick trip to lamesley and burdon this evening.
Lamesley held pretty much the same as yesterday although I was told a Shelduck was there earlier

Burdon was windy,and cloudy so light wasn't too good, hard to get a good view when light was gone.
That being said as I was up the top end of the moor in stubble field behind some gorse looking for the shorty, it did show very briefly as it took flight from the ground(around 5:20pm) about 60feet in front of me then landed in some more thick gorse right of the silver gate
I think another birder had just been standing next to the gate and was walking back down to the path just as it showed so whether he seen it I dint know.

Also around 40 meadow pipits,and skylarks and a grey heron.
A possible little owl flying towards the gorse/rocks in stubble field but not 100% as it was too datk

marley hill feeders

Quite a bit of activity today, with 2 willow tits, 5 green finch, Chaffinch,blue tit,Rook,Jackdaw, Crow,bullfinch,song thrush all feeding on or around feeders.
Lots of black headed gulls over field.
A kestrel hunting.
And a pheasant

Saturday, 7 February 2015

long eared owl burdon moor

Stopped by lamesley this evening where there were quite a few birds more than my last visit.
Curlew x60
Buzzard x2 which were both perched at the back on the fence post
Greylag gooseX30+
Mute swan
Pied wagtail
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit

And a stop off at burdon moor
Great tit
Pheasant x10
Snipe x3
Possible woodcock
And a long eared owl which showed briefly
Flying close to the top of the pines on the right if the path I believe it had just caught something as it legs were dangling and they were a few crows harrasing it
Also little owls were calling.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Short eared owl action still at burdon moor

After last nights disappointment of no owls, i thought id give it another go, got there when is was still light about 4;30pm not much about really and it was freezing, i went over to the pile of rocks and waited, apart from crows a kestrel and a few fieldfare it was quiet, although two roe deer were on the edge of the woods which was nice, around 4;50 i spotted which i thought were two shortys far left of the silver gate however it turns out it was a shorty and a buzzard, it was obvious the shorty didnt want the buzzard on its patch and they both flew towards me, then the buzzard perched in a hedge up from where i was standing while the shorty kept swooping down to it, eventually the buzzard took off and started flying high SE(towards hedley) with the shorty chasing it, following it thru the binos once the buzzard was far enough away, the shorty flew back towards the moor and came down to perch on a post right of the stubble field, for a few moments i watched it perched then it flew down where i lost it. while this was happening it had gotten dark so i decided to walk back to the path to the car park where i waited to see if it would start hunting but it didnt.but there were tawnys calling in the woods behind me.
I believe the shorty is a male as I think I heard it calling.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

no sign of seo

Went to burdon more just before it got dark but didn't spot any owls although heard a tawny in the wooded area.

Monday, 26 January 2015


3 Yellow hammer around feeding area this morning with 3 tree sparrow greenfinch,Chaffinch,blue tit,great tit. Times like these make me wish I had a good camera.

Saturday, 24 January 2015



60 curlew
Teal x10
Mallard 10
Bh gull
Pied wagtail
Blue tit
House sparrow
Great tit

Far pasture. Car park

Coal/great/blue tit
Siskin x1

Sled lane

 bh gull

Lapwing x2
Teal x10
Cormorant. X1
Herring gull
Bh gull
Canada goose
Common gull
Shelduck x1
Mute swan x3
Mallard x20
Muscovy duck x5
Long tailed tit

burdon moor

Buzzard perched
Kestrel x3
Teal x20
Meadow pipit
Song thrush
Grey heron
Common snipe

And lastly great views of a short eared owl which started to hunt at 4 :50pm.
 I stood and waited for it for an hour and when it app appeared i watched it for a good 15 minutes as it search the reeds until it was to dark to find it. I love these birds.

4 tree sparrows

A nice surprise to see 4 tree sparrows on the feeders along with goldfinch,greenfinch, robin,Blackbird, Dunnock,Magpie this morning.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

sled lane

6 goosander
2 Mute swan
Tufted duck
Black headed gull
Blue tit
Great spotted woodpecker
Coal tit
Heard green woodpecker

Far pastures car park
Blue/great /coal tit

Friday, 16 January 2015

1st tree sparrow of the year

On the feeders at marley hill
Tree sparrow x1
Greenfinch 5
Chaffinch 4
Bullfinch 3
Blue titx2
Great titx1

4 rooks on the field
With jackdaws and crows
Still no sign of willow tit.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

finch galore

On the feeders at marley hill today
Bullfinch x3
Chaffinch x4
Goldfinch x10
Greenfinch x10
Blue tit
Great tit

Worryingly no willow tit havn't seen one in the area in a month.

Monday, 12 January 2015

don't forget the jackdaws

36 jackdaws on the marley hill pitch this evening, they all seem to be in groups of two also
3 crows,
 16 redwings,
4 black headed gull
Greenfinch and goldfinch on feeders
Dunnock and house sparrow in yard.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

plenty of goldcrests

Very windy day but braved the cold to head down to causey on foot.

highlights were the east side entrance to fortune hill wood where a flock of 20 goldcrest, 2 nuthatch(a year tick), 20 long tailed tit, 4 coal tit, 2 treecreepers (year tick), 2 great spotted woodpecker,3 bullfinch and blue tit. it was great to see as the rest of the wood was very quiet also noticed the goldcrest preferred feeding on the birch, while the nuthatch stuck to the oaks.
A few fallen trees 

Spotted about 10 trees which have been blown down by the recent winds.

on the way to the woods there were a lot of redwing about around 100, 2 red kite, kestrel, pheasant, goldfinch, buzzard (year tick), song thrush, mistle thrush, 30 starling, herring gull.

also heard a tawny owl at around 4 pm around the tanfield track towards sunniside.

no meadow pipit, skylark probably due to the fields they used to love have all been ploughed.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

golden plover at Ravensworth fell

Walked to burdon moor at 7am to look for shorties but they didn't show although on the way there a possible tawny owl and little owl which I'm not going to tick as is was just.too dark to be 100%, but pretty sure they were.not much about the moor when it was light although a grey heron appeared later which was a tick also yellow hammer, plenty of skylark fieldfare Kestrel, pair kite, robin, 1 snipe, pheasant.

On the fell there were Linnet, Mallard, fieldfare, song thrush, black headed gull, common gull,  and 6 golden plover which was another tick.

On the way back through Tanfield path to sunniside got coal tit another tick, blue tit, great tit, Wren, black bird, Kestrel, Jay,Collared dove, Goldfinch, 6 bullfinch, starling.

plenty of skylark on the field to the right ,seo was seen on the left.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

short eared owl at burdon moor and little grebe at watergate park

Got to burdon moor at around 7:30am just starting to get light heard little owl, tawny owl, in the woods and teal were around. stood by the silver gate when an owl flew over me and dipped down into the field north then 3mins later it reappeared hunting over the marshy area, right of gate, flew down towards pond keeping low to the reeds then went back on itself a lovely short eared owl, it didn't show again.
8 Mallard
1 pheasant
Kestrel x2
Moorhen x3
6 red legged partridge
Fieldfare x30
Tealx 6
Red kite x2
30 starling
20 skylark
Redwing x20

Then I walked north to watergate park via fields/woods

Mistle thrush
Great tit
Blue tit
Wood pigeon
1 sparrowhawk
20 curlew
Song thrush
G's woodpecker

Watergate had

6 tufted duck
Common gull
1 little grebe
Long tailed tit
2 Mute swan with 2 young
black headed gull lots
Dog shit.

On the way back

A pair of red kite north of burdon moor and reed bunting.

Friday, 2 January 2015

burdon moor

3rd Jan 15
Very windy and cold

Spent an hour and a half walking through the moor down to healey then up to top of moor in the hope of seeing an short eared owl but of course I didn't.

Not much about.
But I did see.
2 skylark
15 yellow hammer
10 teal
Flock of 20 redwing and fieldfare
1 Kestrel
1 red kite
1 pheasant
1 snipe
Blackbird x2
Robin x1
Plus a redkite at marley hill football pitch