Thursday, 30 March 2017

March - slow but steady.

March has not been particularly startling, but it has been steady, looking forward for the spring migration to get going.
Located a Black Redstart at Kildale on 25th March
 The Ring Ouzels return at least one week early with Wheatear
 Lesser Redpoll at Foxglove Covert Catterick on 19th

 Little Owl at Great Ayton

 The Redwing still hanging on on the moors
 Our favourite Tawny Hawnby
If I had a farm it would be called this!
 Some poor Crossbill photos at the Stang on the 12th

Found Waxwing at Chequers on the moors 11th
 Brambling at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield

 A very rare Red Kite on our NY moors
 Peregrine at Hartlepool on 4th
 Shore Lark still at Headland on 4th

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Snow Buntings on the Beach

A trip around the local area today to catch up on some of our wintering birds, managed Scaup, Kittiwake, Sanderling, Velvet Scoter and a couple of very friendly Snow Bunting at Marske.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Slow start to the year.

We've had a lazy start to the year and haven't been birding much, when we have been out it's been fairly quiet but the year is still young and hope to have plenty of interesting opportunities (we'll see).
Anyway .........January saw the long staying Eastern Black Redstart still in residence at Skinningrove, cracking bird. A Glaucous Gull has been hanging around Hartlepool fish quay for quite a while. Brambling have been in several locations Sutton bank visitors centre had a single on Sunday and a unexpected Tawny Owl showed well briefly on the moors near Hawnby.
 Tawny Owl
Burning the heather - bit close for comfort!!
 Glaucous Gull

Mediterranean Gull
 Grey Partridge
 Water Rail
 Eastern Black Redstart


Friday, 4 November 2016

4th November - Another Eastern Black Redstart - Hartlepool

Another Eastern Black Redstart -  this time at Hartlepool Headland.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

30th October - Daurian Shrike and Pied Wheatear.

Daurian Shrike and Pied Wheatear. Another 2 LIFERS - the shrike was at the lea's at South Shields and the Pied Wheatear was on our doorstep at Redcar seafront. What will turn up next!!
A little Owl also put in an appearance.

 Isabelline Daurian Shrike

 Little Owl
 Pied Wheatear