Turbo-charged Ducks and Divers

At the end of last week I was back in the northeast close to Berwick continuing with my series of wintering bird surveys. It was a cold, cloudy morning with a light southwesterly wind. It was also quite a quiet morning, but as always it was a pleasure …

Starling – A shebby of delight…

Some recent Blogs with quick links:- StarlingsA Beech Mast YearChaffinch – large numbers overwintering/high beech mast yields Crossbills (chicks in late December etc)Holly Ferns on Hutton Roof and how they are fairing2019 a exc…

Another Day Around The River.

I was rewarded by excellent views of the wintering male Stonechat at Cockersand yesterday, it was on the marsh edge opposite the CP, first time since 8 January. Other interest here was 8 Bewick’s Swan with 180 Whooper Swan in fields off Slack Lane…

Brent pattern continues

Heysham skeer SE cornerPale- bellied Brent – 34 feeding at low waterGreat White Egret – one flew north along west side of road to the re-cycling centre 12:50. Just within recording areaHopefully more later

Bumper January birding

Well this retirement malarkey takes some getting used to – being able to go off for the day any time you want (within reason) is helping the year-list no end. Last year we had a brief sojourn in Cyprus (seeing Wallcreeper and Finsch’s Wheatear) and I v…

Brent update

Pale-bellied Brent goose – there were 34 feeding in Heysham skeer SE corner at low water up till dusk. These are 32 of them, they move on to water when the Knot get spooked. The other 2 seem less concerned.This is what they are feeding on.At low water …

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Nice day – Birds ok too!

Light overnight freezing leaving open water partly ice covered, then a largely sunny day.I knew it was going to be a good day when I shared my breakfast with my first garden Blackcap this winter (MD)Pale-bellied Brent goose – Pete Crooks recorded 32 fl…

Mud…And Not The Glorious Kind

It was a case of mid-week mud for me last week, and not mud of the glorious kind either! I was back at my wintering bird survey site in the west of the county, and I had to move my VP location by about ten metres because of the wet and muddy conditions…

Having A Barney

It had been months since I’d seen a Barn Owl after something of a bonanza in 2019 when almost every outing had produced one. So what could be better than to start Saturday morning with a Barn Owl and a good one at that? A drive over Stalmine Moss …

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