Wednesday, 19 April 2017

April 2nd - A visit to Cumbria

A day out in Cumbria at last, been wanting to go there for ages and only now have we got good enough weather. A stop off at Sizergh on route gave us some brief view of Hawfinch - a must see bird. Then onto the Leighton Moss area and Walton Crag. Managed to see some good birds but all the pictures were distant record shots.
 Cattle Egret

 Common Buzzard
 Great White and Little Egret
 Great White Egret

 Marsh Harrier
Willow Warbler

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