Sunday, 29 May 2016

29-5-16

Kibblesworth all the regulars plus a sedge warbler and reed warblers at the reed beds.

Beamish had my 1st spotted flycatchee of the year plus a baby wagtail .and a bees nest.


Saturday, 21 May 2016

21-5-16

Started the day catching up with the gateshead wood warbler which was still up in the trees singing and feeding.

Then off to pont burn to see if anything exciting was about nothing out of the ordinary but a single tree pipit was singing on the overhead wires.

Then went to causey arch to look for spotted flycatcher which are occasionally seen around the arch nothing yet but will keep trying. Nearer. The covert a possible pied flycatcher flew up from the dead tree then up to the trees then flew towards the railway track. Also 2 grey wags and dipper here.
Later on I had a quick visit to bird in moor where a cuckoo was calling from Tan field railway also 2-3 gropper around burdon moor with a short eared owl hunting far right  of the field left of path.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

14-5-16

On yesterdays walk it was fairly quiet with a north wind bringing some cold weather. Highlights were garden warbler, pair of buzzards,lapwing with young, a wheatear at burdon moor watching swifts swallows and house martins near causey plus 3 grey wagtails also being within 10ft of a nuthatch

Noticed there's quite a few hare around burdon moor

Still havnt had the patch green woodpecker this year.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Part time patch marden quarry whitley bay

As im in the area quite a lot ive decided to spend an hour when I'm there to see if anything turns up, ive read that lesser whitethroat, common rosefinch, scaup have visited in the past and ive also read at night its a drunks paradise with bird cruelty added for good measure. I havnt witnessed any drunks or animal cruelty yet,  but maybe ill discover somebody covered in shit and piss asleep with vodka bottles surrounding them one early morning.....
The area im sure, is the main dog toilet in the area however i get there early so i only see 2-3.dog walkers and little shit..... So far!

Canada goose
Greylag goose
Muschovy duck
Mute swan
Coot
Moorhen
Pochard
Tufted duck
Mallard
Whitethroat
Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Blackbird
Wren
Wood pigeon
Blue tit
Great tit
Greenfinch
House sparrow
Chaffinch
Crow
Magpie
Dunnock
Swallow
House martin
Sand Martin
Swift


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Cuckoo tree pipit and sedge warbler

Today's birding was great although it started of misty I soon heard the reported cuckoo early on and got within 60ft of it, before it spotted me and flew. It continued to call around the tanfield area til 8, which was a great backdrop to my searching for other birds.
I checked fortune woods and a probable 2 tree pipirs flew up and out of sight(keep checking).
And along the path at bird in moor by the 1st pond a sedge warbler was noisly singing in hawthorn also near the birch trees excellent views of a tree pipit as it fed some 30ft ahead of me on the path. Also the male whinchat and 4 wheatear were present at burdon moor

A good day.



Not great but a tree pipit



Sedge warbler singing





Grasshopper warbler 2016

So far this year has been good for groppers in the past 2weeks numerous birds have been reeling.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Whinchat and lesser whitethroat

Burdon moor lesser Whitethroat singing.

1male whinchat.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Wheatear finally

Had a quick walk to burdon in the hope of seeing whinchat, sadly none had hung around but there were around 5 wheatear, also a Seo was being mobbed by gulls and a grasshopper warbler was reeling. On the way back a grasshopper warbler was still reeling opposite st cuthbert park housing from a small hawthorn bush.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Groppers take 2

A quick hour walk to longfield house and back revealed 3 grasshopper warblers reeling, 2 in the same spots as yesterday + an extra.


Monday, 2 May 2016

Gropper a plenty

6 grasshopper warbler seen heard today in the area above. Also White throat, blackcap!

48 Species seen
Mallard
Pheasant
Buzzards
Red kite
Kestrel
Lapwing
Curlew
Herring gull
Collared dove
Feral pigeon
Wood pigeon
Gs woodpecker
Skylark
Swallow
House Martin
Meadow pipit
Grey wagtail
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Song thrush
Blackbirds
Grasshopper warbler
Blackcap
Whitethroat
Willow warblers
Chiff chaff
Goldcrest
Long tailed tit
Great fit
Blue tit
Willow tit
Nuthatch
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Crow
Rook
Starling
House sparrow
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
Bullfinch
Yellow ha?mer
Reed bunting