Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Black Redstart at Newburn

The Black Redstart was putting on a good show at Newburn this afternoon, lets hope it hangs around until the new year.  Good weather on New Years Day would make for a good first days birding in the county.  Can't wait! 
 Happy New Year to all who may read this blog.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Will Slavonian be our last of the year?

As horse-riding was cancelled and I was not feeling too good I decided to go out for an hour and get some fresh air.  I went up to the Headland to see if the Slavonian Grebe was still there and sure enough it was along with quite a few other birdwatchers.  It was giving excellent views feeding along the waters edge for quite a while before moving further out to feed.  It was very cold though so I did not spend too long there before coming home to watch more Christmas films and make some mince pies.
Med Gull - Hartlepool Headland 19/12/11
White-fronted Goose - Zinc Works Road
Pink-footed Goose - Zinc works Road

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Black Necked Grebe

Well we can't believe it is so long since we last posted anything.  However we managed to venture out on the guided walk along Greatham Creek this morning to find a Black Necked Grebe.  We also had excellent views of a fly past Peregrine which proceeded to land on one of the towers a across from Seal Sands.  There were also good numbers of Grey Plover along with Black and Bar Tailed Godwits and Mergansers.

There were good numbers of Fieldfare at Saltholme.
And at the Headland there were large numbers of porpoise, the most we have seen there of late.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A Favourite - Grey Phalarope

Having spent the morning horse riding we managed to catch up with the Grey Phalarope late afternoon at the headland.  It showed very well for us as we walked along the pier and although the sun was going down we did manage to get a few reasonable shots before it flew off across the bay.  We called in at Crookfoot Reservoir prior to going to the headland and saw Bean, White Fronted and Pink Footed Geese along with the Smew, although all distant. 

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Another day at the Gare.

Well the day dawned and seemed rather dull and miserable but we headed off with our picnic to South Gare to meet anyone who was prepared to brave the inclement weather and see what was around.  We were surprised to find that about 15 brave souls turned out with us and by the end of the morning we were probably all glad we had come.  We had a great morning starting off at the cars with Black Guillemot, Red Throated Divers and Merlin and Hen Harrier.  A short walk on the the shoreline produced a Goldcrest and shortly after an obliging Woodcock flew through.  A Reed Bunting and a Lesser Redpoll were by the Gully and then we had excellent sightings of a Short Eared Owl.  3 Twite obliged later in the morning along with the Hen Harrier again.  It was good to spend the morning with a good bunch of folk and meet some new faces and together we managed to find quite a few birds.  A good day was had by all even though we dipped out on the Humes and Black Redstart.  We stayed on well into the afternoon and managed to get further sightings of the Hen Harrier as it quartered the beach before returning to the dunes. 


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Birds at South Gare

Went to South Gare to see the Humes Yellow Browed Warbler just in case it has disappeared by the time we visit tomorrow to lead a guided walk around the gare.  If the last time we lead a guided walk is anything to go by then it will absolutely pour down, everyone will get soaked and we will see virtually nothing.  But hey ho it is all part of the fun and hopefully it wont be like that and the weather will be good and we will see all sorts. May take some coffee for everyone just in case. Will let you know tomorrow night.  Anyway back to today, we did see the warbler and good views at that and also three Black Redstarts in the same vicinity.  Also around were some Red Throated Divers, guillemots and a juv. Gannet. 
Humes Yellow Browed Warbler

Black Redstart catching his tea.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Day Flying Bat today.

Not a lot of birds about today in the beautiful sunshine but we did see a Bat.  We were up at Crookfoot Reservoir when we noticed something being chased by a Gull.  We were quite surprised to see that it was some sort of Bat.  It flew around the whole time we were there, on one occassion being mobbed by two pied wagtails.  It seemed to be pretty large and certainly did get around pretty quickly.
From there we went over to the Headland where we saw this ringed Purple Sandpiper on the beach with a further 47 on the wall of the pier.

Purple Sandpiper

Saturday, 29 October 2011

A Birds of Prey Day.

We decided to go over the moors for a run out then on to Scaling Dam and then over to Helmsley but did not get any further than Sleddale.  We parked on the roadside approaching the Chevrons and had excellent view of the Harrier and Rough Legged Buzzards.  The Grouse definately didn't like the Harrier and their flight was a good indication of its whereabouts on the moor.  We also had good views of a Sparrowhawk and Kestrel.
Hen Harrier

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

A mixed bag

Had an enjoyable day out to Leighton Moss on Sunday with the local bird group but unfortunately it was fairly quiet and we did not manage to get many good photos.  The past few days this week we have spent around the local area seeing peregrine, short eared owl and a good selection of waders including a couple of Grey Plover.  Hoping the weather stays reasonable so we can get out and about a bit more.
Grey Plover
Twite on Greenabella
Robin at Leighton Moss
Marsh Tit at Leighton Moss
The chase is on, watch out Sparrowhawk. Taken at Ellerton Park at Scorton.

Friday, 21 October 2011

2nd Lifer in a week - Pallid Harrier

Managed to get good views of the Pallid Harrier at Dormans Pool today.  There were lots of folk there today and would think it will be even busier tomorrow so if you have not yet been I would get there early, especially as the weather forcast is stating 'full sun' for most of the day.

Just thought we would add a few of Yarm Fair last night, went for a stroll through, bit of a tradition really, something you just have to do.  A bit like going to Northallerton to see the Christmas lights being turned on which won't be that many weeks away!!!!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Last days of Summer?

It probably is if the weather forcast for this week is right, with snow on the cards in the North of Scotland.  I understand the first Waxwing is in the country already.
I spent the day on my own again as Mick was at work again, although I shouldn't complain as he probably soon won't have a job to go to.  Went to see the Glossy Ibis again and tried my hardest to find a Yellow Browed Warbler but failed miserably.  I did however come across a Woodcock which gave me a fright as it flew out of some bushes along the Zincs works road.  The Lapwings looked lovely with the sun shining on their feathers.
Glossy Ibis