Sunday, 30 January 2011

Moors and Scaling Dam

Greater Spottedd Woodpecker
Willow Tit
Peregrine sized raptor unsure what it is?

Thought we had better report today even though our photographs are not good quality as the light was poor. We had a run over the moors and on to Scaling Dam and Lockwood Beck, it was pretty quiet on the moors with only Red Grouse and one Peregrine size Raptor, which we are unsure about. Scaling Dam was better with a large flock of Greylag on our arrival with one Bean Goose with them. They didn't stay put long before they were off. Lots of Teal with some Widgeon and displaying Goldeneye. At the feeders a G.S. Woodpecker put in an appearance with a Green Woodpecker flying across fields on the other side of the water. Other birds on the feeders included a Willow Tit, lots of Blue Tits along with L.T. Tits, Gt. Tit, Greenfinch, Dunnock , Blackbird and Robin. We also managed to see the Red Crested Pochard at Lockwood Beck on the way back. Our last sighting of the day was our local Buzzard perched in a tree just near Crathorne Village not far from Cleveland.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Waders on the rocks.

Golden Plover Knot
Purple Sandpiper
Trying to get a few of the more common birds added onto our new year list and managed a few of the not so common birds today as well. Not been feeling too good of late so just went for a walk around Hartlepool Headland to blow the cobwebs off and it was a bit chilly. Came across a Golden Plover on Parton Rocks along with quite a few Knot, Oystercatcher, Turnstone and Purple Sandpiper. A couple of Red Throated Diver at sea along with a porpoise and several Great Crested Grebe. A common Scoter was in the shelter of the Heugh Pier with several Eider and there was a dead seal on the beach there. We eventually managed to view the Red Necked Grebe from the battery. Called into Dormans Pool on the way home and saw the Ring Necked Duck.
Do not want to go back to school tomorrow!!