Monday, 27 December 2010
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Christmas Day in and around Whitley Bay
A mid morning visit to St Mary's and the Skylarks and up to 8 Snow Bunting were still present, occasionally spooked by a Kestrel.
A flock of 17 knot were joined by a couple of Purple Sandpiper
Next stop was Marden Quarry to see what the feeding station has attracted:
Plenty of Rats
Friday, 24 December 2010
Bunting & Lark Fest
Can you spot the Buntings & Larks?
Thanks to a constant supply of seed from local birders, St Mary's is still pulling in Skylarks, Snow Buntings, Lapland Buntings, Reed Buntings and Twite. And the Black Redstart is still on the beach at Hartley just north of St Mary's Island.
Heads down for the feast
Skylarks are less confiding now they have a good energy source
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Seal Pup visits Whitley
Grey Seal pup on Whitley Bay beach this morning.
The one morning I leave my camera in the house this fellow turns up on the beach. Mobile phone to the rescue.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
30 mins in Northumberland Park, next to Tynemouth golf course was very productive this afternoon:
Woodcock, Wood Pigeon, Stock Dove, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Wren, Mallard, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tree Creeper, Coal Tit, Blue Tit , Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit, Sparrowhawk, Chaffinch, Black-header Gull, Tawny Owl.
Almost forgot - Firecrest :)
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Lapland Bunting at St Mary's
The seed is drawing quite a crowd at St Mary's and that's just the birding papparazi. The Skylark numbers have swelled along with Reed Buntings, Redshank, Turnstone, Snow Bunting and a very confiding Lapland Bunting.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Snow Buntings & Larks
Went to Blyth first thing to find John (Howdon Blogger) photographing Snow Buntings. Seven birds in all including a cracking male. Then it was onto St Mary's where the Skylarks were feeding on the seed that was put down on Friday, a Black Redstart was feeding at the base of the cliffs at Hartley and a procession of Song Thrushes moved south. Enough words, here's some pics:
Male Snow Bunting
Female Snow Bunting
Ten Grey Partridge in the fields at St Mary's
Icicles adorn the cliffs at Hartley
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Skylarks in HD
Filmed at St Mary's yesterday
Reed Buntings return
Friday, 3 December 2010
St Mary's - Skylarks in the snow
St Mary's in the snow at -3 deg C all day
I went to St Mary's with Tom to photograph and feed the Skylarks that have arrived overnight in large numbers. Here's some pictures.
Wader wise there were a couple Bar-tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Golden Plover and Lapwing. Ducks on the sea included Gadwall, Goldeneye and Wigeon.
|Pink-foot Geese heading south|
A Robin worked it's way along the stream at St Mary's
Reed Buntings in my garden!
Reed Bunting - garden tick :)
You know it's exceptionally cold when these fellas turn up on your garden feeders. Two appeared this morning.
Skylarks Head South
It was -7.5 deg C here in Whitley Bay at dawn and several hundred Skylarks moved south. A single Song Thrush was on the sea front, presumably a new arrival.
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