Saturday, 19 January 2019

The list grows slowly

 
Picked up some birds for our year list today when we were out and about. A pair of Goosander were on the River Leven at Hutton Rudby but distant. Further up the road at Sexhow we came across a good flock of Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting and Brambling.
 

 
We came across 15 Whooper Swan near Lakeside Café near Scorton later in the day. A nice day although the weather was a bit overcast and chilly.
 

 


Saturday, 12 January 2019

New Start

 
We've decided to start keeping the blog again to use it as a diary of what we have see this year.
The 100 bird species this year was a Black Grouse seen on the Northern North York Moors, we also managed to see a Merlin and Woodcock in the same area.
The year started with some good sightings which included the Teesmouth Hen Harrier, the Sleddale Rough-legged Buzzard, Waxwings at Billingham, Long-eared Owl at Saltholme to name but a few.

The Slavonian Grebe at Skinningrove was showing well on New Years Day at the start of our 2019 Bird list

Sunday, 4 March 2018

The week of 'The Beast From The East'.

What a week it has been.  The weather has been abysmal with snow and very low temperatures.
Travelling to and from work for my son and husband has been anything but good and I was glad each day to know when they had arrived safely.  As for myself, who lives 5 minutes from the school where I work, well we have had three snow days!
This has given me plenty of time to feed and watch the birds in the garden.
Here are a few pictures of our 'firsts for the garden' birds.
We hope you like looking at them.
 
 
 
 


 

 


And a local Barn Owl when we managed to get out yesterday.
 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A Week in the Scottish Highlands

Spent a week in Scotland, Aviemore and Cairngorm area for 7 days, then 2 days on the west coast at Strontian. Brilliant break with some outstanding birds.
 
 
 
8th April - Aviemore
 Bank Vole at Loch Garten

 Nice close Buzzard
 Nice to see the Ospreys back with at least 6 birds in the area.

 
9th April
 
 Black Grouse

 Scottish Crossbills at Carrbridge





 Grey Wagtail
 
 
10th April
 Crossbill
 Ring Ouzel


 
11th April
 
 Black-throated Diver

Ring Ouzel
 
12th April
 
 Slavonian Grebe



 
13th April
 
 Badgers at Speyside





 Osprey
 A surprise visit by Waxwings at Alt More



 
14th April
 
 It was a bit wintery on the top of Cairngorm
 Decided t brave the elements and climbed up the mountain to see Ptarmigan and they didn't disappoint - special moment.




 Red Grouse getting in on the act
 The Ring Ouzel was waiting for us when we got down
 Snow Bunting also made an appearance.

 
 
15th April - Strontian
 
 The very 'Twitchable' Black Duck


 Greenshank
 Rock Pipit
 
16th April
 
 

 Some nice April scenery


 Dipper
 Hooded Crow
 Meadow Pipit

Wild Mountain Goat