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.