Thursday, 31 October 2013

Winters on its way.

Not a very good day weather wise, raining most of the day so we decided to head for the hills and were glad we did as winter had arrived there.
Counted about 25 Ptarmigan when we first looked out from the Ptarmigan Restaurant at the top of Cairngorm.  The blizzard then hit and we couldn't see a thing,  then when it cleared we managed to locate a few a bit closer than they had been although still distant.  Nice to see all the same. 
A flock of Snow Bunting flew past but didn't stop.


Cresties, Whoopers and some very friendly Coal Tits

Yesterday we went looking for Crested Tit around Loch Garten, didn't take long to find them when we where feeding the very friendly Coal tits. Came across  a family group of Whoopers near Neathy really is a lovely place.
 Creasted Tit

 Coal Tit - very friendly
 Red-legged Partridge (an unexpected find)
 Whooper family

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Pine Marten and Badgers in the Cairngorms.

Had a brilliant night watching Pine Marten and Badgers at Loch n'eilean, Aviemore. Didn't expect to get as close as we did. 3 Badgers and a single Pine Marten showed within feet of us. Pity it was dark with artificial light, the camera struggled but at 6400 ASA just managed to capture some ok pictures.
 Pine Marten



Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Hoopoe.............another lifer.

Made the short journey to Bishop Auckland to try and link up with a reported Hoopoe today. The weather was pretty overcast with some light rain .....not good conditions! Managed to locate the Hoopoe within about 15mins of arrival, a stunning juvenile bird.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Pallid Swift (or Common)

Caught up with the Pallid Swift at Hartlepool on Saturday unfortunately the weather conditions were poor and we didn't have time to linger due to me being at work. The pictures were not good but just a record shot. There is still some debate about whether it is a Pallid or Common Swift but my identification skills aren't good enough to make a decision based on viewing in the field and the pretty rubbish pictures I have.................leave the final decision to the experts!!!
 Pallid Swift


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Western Bonneli's Warbler ......the migration continues.

A Western Bonneli's warbler was identified at the weekend at Hartlepool Headland and was reported as being present today. Took a trip over and after about an hour located the bird along with several dozen other birders. The migration is still in full swing with lots more common migrants showing in the area.
 Western Bonneli's Warbler


 Greater Spotted Woodpecker
 Lesser Redpoll

 The twitchers
Wren (not to miss out the local birds)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

The Migration continues.

With the deteriorating weather we have had several migrating birds dropping in to refuel before continuing their journey. Today we managed to see Great Grey Shrike, Goldcrest, Mealy Redpoll, Blackcap, Brambling, Greater spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird and Redwing  at Hartlepool Headland. Here's hoping that more goodies arrive in the next few days while we continue with this run of weather.
Mealy Redpoll
 Greater Spotted Woodpecker

 Scandinavian Blackbirds (male and female)