FEBRUARY 2012Monday, 20 February 2012
17/2/12 Cloudy 10c Wind Sw 10 Mph
A quick visit this morning produced 33 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 100+ Redshank. Turnstones, 20+ Oystercatcher, 10+ Eider, Bar Tailed Godwit, 20+ Curlew, pair of Gadwall, 20+ Teal, Mallards and a few Skylarks singing.
11/2/12 Cloudy 4c Wind WSW 5 Mph
Having been shut down by these servers for being "under my bandwidth", I decided to close this site but since then it has been running with no problems. So its back to business and I will still be using my blog too (link below). A Very welcome sight today was the sign of some work has been done on the wetland to remove the weed, which has engulfed the wetland for the past few years. Also it was great to see some muddy edges so I will be popping back down to see what waders turn up. A HUGE THANK YOU to whoever organized/did the work here. Ive tried for years to find out off various North Tyneside Council members and have never received a response.
So back to the birds....... 16 Yellowhammers flew into the caravan field and I swear I heard a lapland bunting in with them. 6 Mallard, 3 Moorhen and a few Teal on the Wetland also a single Redshank. The usual Gulls in the North Car park and a few eider offshore....
11 February 2012
30/9/11 Fair Wind S 7 Mph
In the North Bay this morning were 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Sandwich Tern, 12+ Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling, Knot, Redshanks, Curlew, Guillemot, Eider,
Black Headed Gulls, Carrion Crows, Pied Wagtail, Rock Pipit, Cormorants, Herring Gulls. In the wetland bushes about 4 Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, 2 Robins, Wren and a Blackbird. 3 Grey Herons and over a dozen Skylarks in the ploughed field . I witnessed a Carrion Crow this morning pecking like mad on a plastic bottle, blimey what a racket it made and I wondered what was inside that kept it interested for so long
22/9/11 Fair Wind WSW 17 Mph
Birds noted today were...... 21 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sanderling, Knot, 300+ Golden Plover, 10+ Dunlin, 2 Bar Tailed Godwit, 4 Pied Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail juv, Rock Pipit, Guillemot (a wrecked bird in North Bay), Wigeon, 2 Teal, 20+ Curlew the usual Gulls and one of the locals saw a Merlin over the west field.
16/9/11 Cloudy 14c Wind ESE 15 Mph
An hour's seawatching this morning produced 6 manxies N, Gannets, 14 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Guilllemots, Razorbills, Rt Diver N and a cracking juv Long Tailed Skua flew North close in. It was right over the rocks on the point and I was getting good views of it till a dog walker stopped right in front of me. How dare he stop on a public footpath... lol
A very welcome addition to my year list if I still kept it properly.
15/9/11 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind E 4 Mph
In the wetland bushes this morning were a couple of Robins, Blue Tit and whilst trying to string a Firecrest out of the few Goldcrests seen. I heard a few Skylarks passing overhead. On the Wetland a Moorhen with a 2-3 week old chick, that's 3 broods it's had this year. 20+ Swallows were also here along with Meadow Pipit and 5 Pied Wagtails.
In the west field a female Sparrowhawk was hunting and about a dozen Black Headed Gulls were following the plough. In the North bay a Merlin was being mobbed by Oystercatchers. 5-600 Golden Plover here along with a few Curlew and Redshanks.
The Fox was showing well on the Wetland and I also saw a small frog along the footpath.
on Tuesday 13/9/11 I had a single Wheatear and 2-3 House Martin here.....
5/9/11 Mostly Cloudy 14c Wind SW 20 Mph
A quick visit this morning produced 1000+ Golden Plover, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover but the best of the visit was 1000+ Swallows and the odd Sand Martin mixed in migrating. They were everywhere in the north bay, the west field, overhead even out to sea. They were moving just in front of a storm front. An absolute pleasure to watch and well worth the soaking...
31/8/11 Mostly Cloudy 13c Wind ENE 4 Mph
A bit of seawatching early afternoon produced a couple of patch + year ticks in the shape of a single Sooty Shearwater N, 6 Arctic Skua's N (4 light phased and 2 dark. ) and 2 Yellow Wagtails overhead. Plenty of Sandwich Terns offshore with the odd Common Mixed in. Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Gannets, Grey Seal, 3 Whimbrel south and the usual Gulls noted. Another pleasant visit, it's just a shame the White tailed Sea Eagle from Newbiggen didn't put in an appearance.....
23/8/11 Mostly Cloudy 16c Wind NNE 10 Mph
Spent an hour watching the waders on the point and having a bit of a seawatch this morning. birds noted were. 6 Whimbrel, a single bird was roosting on the point till 5 flew south. Their calls woke the sleeping bird and the 6 then continued south. Plenty of Redshanks and Oystercatchers including 2 Oystercatchers doing a threat display. They were both walking parallel with the heads down piping away to each other, till a rather nasty peck sent one of them flying off.
200-300 Golden Plovers provided a distraction as I attempted unsuccessfully to find an American or Pacific Golden Plover amongst them. There were a few smart looking Goldies still in summer plumage in the flock whilst, 16 Knot, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Turnstones and a couple of were Ringed Plover noted .Offshore Kittiwakes, Gannets, Razorbill, Eider and 16 Teal ended a pleasant visit.
30/7/11 Mostly Cloudy 14c Wind NW 3 Mph
A brief seawatch this morning produced .... plenty of Guillemots and Razorbills with young, Common Terns, Kittiwakes, Harbour Porpoise South, Grey Seal and a Salmon leapt out of the water. I missed all last weeks Storm Petrel action due to being a lazy twat but did manage a quick look and had a petrel sp flew North before I lost it. Another one gets away.............
14/7/11 Fair 16c Wind NE 9 Mph
A few Sandwich Terns roosting on the point this morning and on Monday 150+ Golden Plover noted. Sedge Warbler and Common Whitethroat still in song along the wetlands edge, which is fast becoming nothing more than a large puddle due to the invasive weed!!!!
A single Stock Dove over the west field and a female Blackcap noted along with the resident species.
Butterflies seen this past few days include...
1/7/11 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind ENE 8 Mph
Not much seen by me this past week apart from a few returning waders with Curlew,Oystercatchers, Redshank noted. As always this time of year out come the butterfly photos and 2 new additions to St Mary's (for me anyway) Ringlet and Yellow Shell Moth
15/6/11 Partly Cloudy Wind SSW 6 Mph
Argggggghhh!!! I've lost the last few months of sightings!! Thats the first and last time I try to update site on my Android tablet...
Right back to the few birds noted today which were, 4 Fulmar, 10+ Kittiwake,Sandwich Terns, House Martins, Swallows, Grasshopper Warbler(heard reeling), Carrion crows including some young begging for food. Cormorants, Grey Heron, Great black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Oystercatcher, Skylarks, 100+ Starlings and some House Sparrows. Yesterday I had my first ever Chimney Sweeper moth here. Which was nice......
30/9/10 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind Var 3 Mph
A quick look about today produced a Barred Warbler in the bushes on the second mound ( follow the cycle path towards Hartley). Also Blackcap, Linnet, Song Thrush and a Whinchat nearby. 20+ Lapland Bunting rpt'd in the west stubble field but all I got was a single bird overhead . Plenty of Skylarks about again and a few Willow Warblers and Chiffs in the top willows. I did hear a bird calling which sounded like a Yellow Browed Warbler but I only saw it briefly and it wasn't a YB. It had a greyish head with no obvious supercilium , very green looking bird, I didn't get the leg colour and saw it a few times in flight. I've no idea what it was it may have been Hume's Yellow Browed or even a Bonelli's Warbler.. Another one slips through the net... Star of the day was a common Shrew in the open as people waited for the Barred Warbler. It put on quite a show pulling worms out of the ground and didn't flinch when about 7 cameras were firing away at it....
28/9/10 Mostly Cloudy Wind Var 5 Mph
Today's visit produced 3-4 Common Redstarts, Pied Flycatcher, Redwings coming in off the sea, 3+ Song Thrushes, 100+ Skylarks, 60+ Goldfinch, 30+ Greenfinch, Meadow Pipits, Robins, Goldcrests, M&F Blackcaps, Blackbirds, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, 3 Wheatears, Reed Buntings. The flocks of small birds about attracted a Merlin (patch year tick), Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk Common Snipe heard and in the North Bay 2 Bar Tailed Godwits and a White Wagtail.. Absoultley loads of birds about today, everywhere I looked there was something to see.
24/9/10 Partly Cloudy Wind N
A late update for Friday.. an hour sea-watching 13.30-14.30 (not the best time of day) produced a patch year tick of an Arctic Skua N. 6 Diver sp N too far out for my scope and a Red Throated Diver seen. Also 3 Teal and a Razormot( Auk sp ). 2 Sandwich Terns headed south and a adult Arctic Tern went north right below the prom. On the point were 500+ Golden Plover with a Grey Plover, Bar Tailed Godwit, 20+ Sanderling, and the usual cast of Gulls/Redshank/Oystercatchers and a ringed Med Gull.
23/9/10 Partly Cloudy 18c Wind WSW 6 Mph
Another look for migrants this morning produced... Pied Flycatcher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Willow Warblers, Robins, Sedge Warbler, 50+ Skylarks were noted heading south and 2 Common Redpoll made another patch year tick. 30+ Wigeon ,10+ Teal, 4 Swallows, Meadow Pipits, Coal Tit, Blue Tits and 8+ Long Tailed Tits also seen today
22/9/10 Partly Cloudy 19c Wind SSW 5 Mph
In the top willows this morning were 2 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, 4 Reed Buntings, Pied Flycatcher and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. I've never seen 2 here before so a patch record lol... The bushes at the top of the wetland also had Willow Warblers, Robins, Blue Tits and a few Speckled Wood butterfly's. 400+ Lapwing, 500+ Golden Plover and 30+ Curlew up over the west field, after a quick scan I noticed a bird of prey high above the flock. I wasn't able to ID it as I only had my bins with me but it's Jizz suggested Common Buzzard. Also today 10 Swallows flew South over the North beach and a single Sandwich Tern was heard.
14/9/10 Partly Cloudy 16c Wind W 28 Mph
Well dummy firmly back in my mouth I had a quick wander round this afternoon which produced....... 12+ Sanderling ( Inc 1 Colour Ringed Bird) 6 Ringed Plovers, Bar Tailed Godwit, Curlews, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Rock Pipit and a nice patch year tick in the shape of a Great Spotted Woodpecker..Update Sanderling was 1st ringed in Iceland 20/5/09 it then spent the winter 09/10 ( I saw it here 9/9/09) here then returned to Iceland for the summer and looks like it's back again for the winter.
31/8/10 Partly Cloudy 19c Wind WNW 6 Mph
A Greenish Warbler was reported here today.Also a Barred Warbler was rpt this morning by the rifle butts . I spent an hour looking for the Greenish but left after dodgy looks and barely muted comments after my mobile rang. I'd love to know when it became against the law for a phone to ring in a public place????. I have spent over 10 years recording here as my local patch and after today I'm giving up.. I'm sick to death of people you never see (until a rarity turns up) lording it up over the place and thinking they are better than everyone else.....
25/8/10 Partly Cloudy 15c Wind Var 3 Mph
A quick wander again this afternoon produced Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Robin, 3-4 Willow Warblers,. 100+ Golden Plover 20+ Lapwings and a few Sandwich Terns. Birdguides reports a Roseate Tern here today but I didn't see it as I spent most of my time here looking at beasties. Loads of Ladybirds still about, Small Copper, Large White,Wall and large Tortoiseshell butterflies seen. udea lutealis and Silver Y moths out and about.
19/8/10 Partly Cloudy 19c Wind SW 6 Mph
On the point this afternoon were 60+ Greater Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, 20+ Oystercatchers, Redshanks, 10+ Turnstone, Lapwings, and about half a dozen each of Sandwich and Common Terns. A few family parties of Guillemots offshore along with more Sandwich and Common Terns and a few Cormorants fishing. The top willows were very quiet with only 3 Willow Warblers noted. The very overgrown wetland held 2 family's of Moorhen (4+1), Mute Swan, House Martin, Black headed Gulls 4, and a male Sparrowhawk was being mobbed by 6 Swallows. Butterflies seen today were Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Wall, Meadow Brown, Small White, Large White and 3 species of day flying moth. They proved too mobile for me to get decent look for a positive ID. 120+ Curlew noted in the west field ended a quick but pleasant visit.
12/8/10 Partly Cloudy 17c Wind N 17 Mph
Another brief seawatch this afternoon produced 2 Grey Plover N, 12 Teal, Razorbill, Gannets, Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Sandwich Terns. I spoke to one of the locals who had a juv Long Tailed Skua around 1pm. Jammy so n so .........
22/7/10 Showers 12c Wind NNE 14 Mph
A brief seawatch produced 3 Manx Shearwates Gannets, Kittiwakes, Sandwich Terns, Common Tern, Arctic Tern and 2-3 adt Roseate Terns on the point.
15/7/10 Mostly Cloudy 14c Wind SW 10Mph
On the Wetland today were a female Tufted Duck, 3 Moorhen, Mallard+ 1 chick, 4 Black Headed Gulls. Offshore Gannets and Sandwich Terns were fishing. Sedge Warbler in the top willows otherwise quiet...
12/7/10 Mostly Sunny 14c Wind E 6 Mph
A wander around looking for butterfly etc produced loads of Meadow Browns, Small Skippers Common Blue, 6 Spot Burnet Moths, an ichneumon species wasp this one had yellow legs and a yellow spot on its abdomen. Birds noted were Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Dunnock, Blackbird, Greenfinch, Sandwich Tern, Black Headed Gull, Mallard (inc 5 chicks) Moorhen, Mute Swan, Curlew, Redshank, Herring Gulls, Carrion Crows, Wood Pigeons, Swifts, Swallows, House Martin, Skylark.
30/06/10 Mostly Sunny 19c Wind ESE 3 Mph
The Wetland was full of red stuff/weed and only birds noted ( on the water) 1 Mute Swan 2 Moorhen. I'm not sure if it was some sort of weed killer or another invasive pond weed. Either way the Wetland is knackered and needs a hell of a lot of work done to it. In the past few years alone we've lost breeding Lapwings, Grey Lag Goose, Tufted Duck,Grey Partridge etc.. Not your rarest of birds but they were a joy to watch. The Point held the usual mixed gull flock and a few Curlew were back from their breeding grounds. A few Sandwich Terns were fishing offshore and 6 Cormorants flew South. I've lost my affection for this place at the minute as North Tyneside Council can find the funds to get rid of the weed on Tynemouth Boating Lake ( Gulls, Mallards, Tufted Ducks and a few Divers now & then ) but not for St Mary's Wetland area where I've personally recorded 200+ bird species.......
9/6/10 Cloudy Light Rain 11c
A breif sea watch produced 30+ Gannets, 2 Razorbills, 15 Cormorants( 1 Cormorant was tagged on its right wing), Fulmar, Kittiwake, 2 Sandwich Terns, 5 Red Breasted Mergansers N ( 2 drakes 3 females) and a Shovelar M. Ringed Plover and a few Dunlin also noted.
7/6/10 Mostly Cloudy 12c Wind ESE 5 Mph
A midday visit produced loads of Swallows and Sand Martins about including 20+ Swifts. 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warblers, 10+ House Sparrows inc young in the top willows. Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were singing and 10+ Carrion Crows were in the west field. On the point 6 Cormorants, 4 Oystercatcher, Herring Gulls and a single imm drake Eider offshore.
2/6/10 Partly Cloudy 19c Wind W 13 Mph
Very quiet here today with a few Sandwich Terns offshore, small numbers of Kittiwake passing, Fulmar, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls and 10+ Cormorants on the point. Plenty of Sand Martins and Swallows about. The big disappointment is the current state of the wetland, it's overgrown, full of pond weed and the main island needs the vegetation removed. All it held today was a single Mute Swan and 2 Herring Gulls. Come on North Tyneside council pull your finger out and get some work done....
17/5/10 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind E 8 mph
A quick look around the west boundary produced 5 Whitethroats, 10+ Jackdaw, Blue Tit, Wood Pigeons, Blackbirds, Skylarks, Swallows and a male Pheasant. On the wetland today were a male Mute swan, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, 4 linnets, Whitethroat, 20+ Sand Martins and a Fulmar whizzed past my head. Small Tortoiseshell, Small White and Peacock butterflies noted.
8/5/10 Mostly Cloudy 8c Wind NE 24 Mph
An hour sea-watching mid afternoon produced another 4 year ticks in the shape of Razorbill, Common Tern,Manx Shearwater (single bird North) and a cracking summer plumage Red Throated Diver fishing just offshore. Also 100,s of Sandwich Terns, 200+ Kittiwakes, Gannets, 20+ Fulmar and Guillemots.A few Oystercatchers and Tunstones were on the point along with more Sandwich Terns including some pairs displaying.
6/5/10 Mostly Cloudy 7c Wind NNE 15 Mph
A brief sea watch around midday produced 20+Sandwich Terns, 30+ Kittiwakes, 3 Gannets, "Commic"Terns, 6 Cormorants, on the point were some summer plumage Turnstones, Eider, Herring Gulls, GBB Gulls. 14 Sanderling and a Curlew in the North Bay whilst 2 Whitethroats, Reed Buntings and Skylarks seen. I spent a pleasant 10 mins watching a Sedge Warbler displaying in it's usual haunt. It showed well and typical my camera was at home. I added Common Swift today and House Martin yesterday to my patch year list which brings my total up to 93.
29/4/10 Mostly Cloudy 15c Wind W 10 Mph
Loads of Sand Martins and Swallows about today but still no House Martins on my list. I did manage to get Arctic Tern and Grasshopper Warbler for my year list but a very nice surprise was a Grey Headed Wagtail on the Wetland. The first time I've seen this sub species of Yellow Wagtail and to find it myself made for a great visit. I did think it was a Blue Headed Wagtail at first till I got home and checked my photos. This down to never having seen any other sub species of Yellow Wagtail before, and not having a field guide handy at the time. There are some people online on Birdforum who are saying this bird is an Ashey Headed Wagtail . I will leave it up to the experts to sort out which sub species. Also here today were 2 Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, 4 Shelduck, 4 Mallard, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Reed Buntings, Dunnock, Blackbird and various Gull Sp.
26/4/10 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind W 16 Mph
A half hour seawatch late morning produced my first Gannet of the year along with 20-30 Sandwich Tern, 3 Kittiwakes, 4 Cormorants and a Grey Seal. Whilst in the top willows was a Whitethroat, another first for my year list. On the wetland were pair of Teal, 3 Mallard, Moorhens, pair of Shelduck, Mute Swan M, 10+ Sand Martins and a few more Swallows. Nearby Skylarks and Meadow pipits displayed and numerous Reed Buntings were noted. The usual mixed Gulls on the point and Carrion Crows and Rooks feasted on discarded chips.Overall about 30 species noted.
23/4/10 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind ENE 6 Mph
A waddle around the wetland this afternoon produced 3 pair of Teal, 1 pair of Grey Lag Geese, 2 Shelduck, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, a couple of Sandwich Terns, 20+ Turnstone, Redshanks, 10+ Sanderling most in summer plumage. Male Kestrel and Fulmer seen + plenty of Sand Martins about also a Swallow. I had my first Willow and Sedge Warblers of 2010 and 3 Peacock Butterflies near the top willows.
12/4/10 Fair and 12c Wind E 6 Mph
A lovely spring morning but very little in the way of migrants about with 2 Chiifchaff, Sand Martins, my first Swallow over the wetland which held 40+ Redshanks, 20+ Turnstone, Little Grebe, 2 Grey Lag Geese, Mute Swan M, Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks. Also a male Kestrel and a Fulmar over.
10/4/10 Fair 14c Wind ESE 6 Mph
A pair of Garganey on the wetland and 2 Sandwich Terns on the rocks today made another 2 patch year ticks and yesterdays Sand Martin numbers have doubled to 6.
9/4/10 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind WNW 10 Mph
A waddle around the Wetland this afternoon produced on the Wetland.... A Little Grebe, 10 Teal, Grey Heron, Mallard, 2 Grey Lag Geese, 8 Moorhens and 2 Meadow Pipits. On the rocks below the prom were 5 Purple Sandpipers, 50+ Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Turnstones whilst a few Kittiwakes flew past. 3 Sand Martins were checking the dunes out near the north bay and 30+ Curlew were calling overhead. A single Chiffchaff was in the bushes along the track. Little Grebe and Sand Martin are patch year ticks.....
3/4/10 Mostly Sunny 9c Wind Calm
I had a wander around Whitley cemetery early afternoon looking for the reported Black Redstart. A photographer was hanging around the middle of the cem so I left him alone and went left. After hearing and seeing various birds eg, House Sparrows, Goldfinch, GreenFinch, Chaffinch ( very late patch year tick) Great Tits, Blue Tits, Dunnock. A movement drew my eye to a gravestone and bingo a cracking male Black Redstart in the bag. An little belter of a bird it flew back and forth between the graves before landing in a tree. I left it in peace and headed off to check the Wetland which held 2 Grey Lag Geese, Grey Heron, pairs of Mallard + Tufted Ducks, Teal and a few Moorhen. A check of the north bay produced a Grey Wagtail, Rock Pipits and Meadow Pipits. I had my first Tern of the year but it was miles away so only claiming Tern SP...
1/4/10 Partly Cloudy 6c Wind W 24 Mph
Well it's typical there seems to be a glut of Black Redstarts about the North East Coast inc 1 at Whitley Bay, and I'm stuck as the brakes on my car have F****D up!!! There's always the bus bit after last weeks health scare I'm not pushing myself yet. Also to top it all off there's a White Tailed Sea Eagle at Prestwick Carr near Newcastle Airport. A bird I'd love to see and is still missing off my life list but I hear it's radio tagged and has nipped off to Ponteland...
26/3/10 Mostly Cloudy 10c Wind SW 20 Mph
An hours visit this morning looking for migrants produced 1-2 Chiffchaffs I'm sure I heard 2 but only saw 1. Wren, Dunnock, Reed Bunting and Skylarks were in song nearby. A single Fieldfare came in off the sea and a Kittiwake made 3 patch year ticks today. In the North Bay the usual crowd of Rock Pipits and 5 Pied Wagtails were feeding on the seaweed. The wetland held pairs of Tufted Duck, Grey Lag Goose, Mallard and Moorhen. 150+ Redshank were huddled up against the wind on the middle island and 20+ Curlew spotted in the west field.
25/3/10 Fog 9c Wind ENE 5 Mph
A quick check around the wetland this afternoon produced no migrants I could see, but loads of common stuff was singing i.e. Goldfinches, Skylarks, Dunnock, Linnets, Blackbirds, Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits. 30-40 Sanderling and a Bar Tailed Godwit were feeding in the North bay whilst 5 Eider bobbed about just offshore. Best find of the day were 2 Grey Partridges in the far west field. It's been 2-3 years since I've recorded this species here. A welcome addition to my year list. Also a few Golden Plover still here....
22/3/10 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind SSW 17 Mph
After having my nosed rubbed in it yesterday by Tyne To Tweed Blogger on his first Chiffchaff of 2010 here. I nipped down to the North Bay looking for Wheatears. I wasn't disappointed as a male and a female were busy feeding along the washed up seaweed. I love seeing my first of the year,but it felt strange sitting shivering watching Wheatears and listening to Skylarks singing. A water Pipit was also here along with 3 Pied Wagtails and 4 Rock Pipits. A pair of Shelduck on the wetland and some frogs in the dipping pool + 3 toads on the willow track, were new for the year. Looks like Spring has finally made it to St Mary's...
Top Female Wheatear. Middle Male Wheatear and Above Common Toads...
13/3/10 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind WNW 13 Mph
Waders seen here today were 150+ Redshank, 7 Purple Sandpipers, 30-40 Dunlin, 5 Knot, 55+ Oystercatchers, 60+ Curlew, 250-350 Golden Plover, 20+ Turnstone, Bar Tailed Godwit... 50+ Teal on the Wetland and a female Goldeneye flew North but no sign of any spring migrants
11/3/10 Partly Cloudy 8c Wind W 14 Mph
A ten min peek through the hole in the wall saw 2 Grey Heron, 20+ Teal, Common Snipe, 60-70 Redshanks, 30+ Black Headed Gulls, Moorhen whilst 30 min sat on my arse in the north bay produced 20+ Sanderling, 60-70 Knot, 15+ Dunlin, Redshanks, 20+ Oystercatcher and a few Turnstones including a colour ringed bird. It has a yellow ring then white on it's right leg and a metal/silver then white on it's left leg. Anyone know how I can find out where it was ringed???
7/3/10 Mostly Sunny 8c Wind W 6 Mph
On the wetland today were 5 Common Snipe, 2 Grey Lag Geese, 4 Moorhens, 20+ Teal, Grey Heron, Mallards, Black Headed Gulls, Magpie, Robin, Redshank and a Blackbird. The North bay held 5 Rock Pipits, Redshanks, Curlew, Ringed Plover and a Grey Plover. 2-3 Skylarks were singing away in field next to the masts, it's always a joy to hear my first for the year. On the 5th 4 Shags were just offshore and the adult Med Gull was back in the Brierdene car park.
2/3/10 Mostly Sunny 6c Wind NNW 5 Mph
The Wetland today held 60-70 Teal, 3 Mallard, 3 Snipe, Moorhens, 3 Grey Lag Geese, 130-150 Redshank, 100+ Black Headed Gulls, Common Gull, Herring Gulls and a Grey Heron flew in and scared the hell out of everything. Wader numbers were up a bit today with 100+ Sanderling, 9 Ringed Plover, 10+ Dunlin, 60+ Oystercatcher, 60+ Curlew, 30+ Golden Plover, 40+ Turnstone and a single Purple Sandpiper seen. 5 Pied Wagtail, Kestrel, 3 Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, 100+ Starlings, Eider, 4 Cormorant also seen today. The adult Med Gull was seen in the Brierdene Car park around 3.30pm. So 2 new patch year ticks..Med Gull and Meadow Pipit + spent some time chin wagging with the hole in the wall gang. A canny visit overall......
28/2/10 Light Rain 4c Wind N 12 Mph
Another quick visit due to the rain saw a few Teal on the wetland along with a Grey Heron, Black Headed Gulls, Common Gull. Moorhens and a few Herring Gulls. The North Bay held 10-12 Knot, 11 Purple Sandpipers, 30+ Turnstone, Redshanks, Sanderling and 50+ Black Headed Gulls. A lone Pied Wagtail spent awhile in the car park looking for food. 2 Eider, Cormorant and a Shag were offshore.
24/2/10 Mostly Cloudy 4c Wind Calm
A very quick afternoon visit to Collywell Bay looking for Divers /Grebes produced neither species but saw 10+ eider, 15+ Fulmar, 20-30 Jackdaws, Rooks, Oystercacthers, Curlews and a few Redshank. I then nipped back to the Wetland where 30+ Teal, Mallards and some more Curlew were feeding close to the stone view point. The point held 86 Golden Plover, Herring Gulls, Cormorants. On the Mini Golf course a further 40+ Curlew and 20+ Oystercatchers noted and I added Stock Dove for another year tick
22/2/10 Partly Cloudy 2c Wind NE 6 Mph
On the wetland early afternoon were, 40+ Teal, 2 Common Snipe, 3 Moorhens, 40 Mallard, Common Gull, 20+ Black Headed Gulls, 3 Blackbirds, Magpie, 5 Golden Plover and 35 Curlew flew overhead. In the South Bay were 2 Goldeneye, 7 Cormorants, 7-9 Eider, 50+ Sanderling, Turnstones, Redshanks, Herring Gulls, Great Black Backed Gulls including 1 bird eating a canny size Coley. 3 patch years ticks picked up today.. Fulmar, Shag and Grey Plover.
14/2/10 Mostly Cloudy 6c Wind N 0 Mph
A few birds noted on the wetland today were 20+ Teal, a pair of Mute Swan, Moorhens, 30+ BH Gulls, Moorhens, 2 Magpie, Carrion Crows,2-3 Common Snipe, 2 Reed Bunting. A pair of Foxes were sitting enjoying the brief sunshine here before 2 idiots walked right onto the wetland. Why people think they can just ignore signs and go where they want annoys the f**k out of me. 5 of us were waving and telling them to get off , but they still flushed everything before going back the way they had come!!! The incoming tide pushed onto the wetland 100+ Redshank, 150-200 Lapwings, 25 Golden Plover overhead and a single Dunlin.The Dunlin looked tiny as it weaved in and out of the Golden Plovers. 6 Gadwall were in the south bay along with 30+ Teal, 2 Eider,Cormorants and a Grey Seal. It was nice to see some members of the public taking an interest in the wetland today. Thanks to BR and M&N for pointing out the Foxes and Seal to them.
4/2/10 Mostly Cloudy 3C Wind N 2 Mph
Early afternoon at the wetland produced 70-80+ Teal, 8+ Mallards, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Common Snipe, 3 Common Gulls, 30+ Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gull. In the South Bay were 5 Bar Tailed Godwits, 2 Goldeneye ( year tick), Eider, Sanderlings, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Cormorants, Herring Gulls, Great Black Backed Gulls, Lapwings, Turnstones. I spoke to one of the regulars who'd walked around the wetland but nothing out of the ordinary reported..
26/1/10 Partly Cloudy 4C Wind WSW 6 Mph
A quick look of the South Bay early afternoon produced 40+ Sanderling, 2-3 Purple Sandpiper, Water Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 2 Bar Tailed Godwits, Turnstones, 2 Eider, Common Snipe, 10+ Brent Geese, Guillemot, Cormorants and Grey Seal. Star bird of the day was a cracking Kingfisher. I watched it darting about the rock pools fishing where I saw it catch 2 small fish and a shrimp. Also on the Point were 2 Knot (1 was coloured ringed ), 40+ Dunlin, 20+ Oystercatchers, 40+ Redshank, Golden Plovers, Lapwings, Curlews, Black Tailed Godwit and the usual crowd of Gulls.
Black Tailed Godwit...
23/1/10 Mostly Cloudy 5c Wind WNW 10 Mph
A brief wander around this afternoon produced in the South Bay 70+ Sanderling, Bar Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Herring Gulls, Greater Black Backed Gulls, Lapwings, Black Headed Gulls and a dead Ray's Bream was on the tide wrack. The same species as the Turnstones were feeding on the other day. Apparently there are a lot off the North coast at the moment, which happens most years so I'm lead to believe.. In the West Field 40+ Curlew and some Lapwings were feeding, whilst on the Wetland were 30+ Teal, Mallards, Moorhens, Common Gull and a Grey Heron.
Ray's Bream...ugly looking bugger..Then again it is dead
17/01/10 Partly Cloudy 6c Wind W 7 Mph
My first visit of 2010 saw on the wetland..... 2 Grey Heron, 10+ Gadwall, 20+ Mallard, 15+ Teal, 2 Shovelar drakes, a cracking drake Pintail, Moorhens, Snipe, Common Gull, Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, female Wigeon. A kestrel was hunting the bankside were Blackbird and Robin were the only other birds seen here. A Red Breasted Merganser flew south past the South bay were, 20+ Dunlin, Turnstones, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 100+ Redshanks and Oystercatchers were feeding. In all 38 species seen here today, a good start to 2010...
Turnstones feeding on 1 of 3 fish washed up along the tide wrack.Nov/Dec 09
8/12/09 Partly Cloudy 8c Wind Var 3 Mph
Pretty much the same as the 5th December apart from 2 Grey Heron on the wetland along with the usual suspects. A Common Snipe flew overhead and a Kestrel was hunting the grassy banks. 1000+ Golden Plover were on the rocks next to the Lighthouse, one day there will be a Dotterel amongst them, one day......
5/12/09 Partly Cloudy 9c Wind SW 7 Mph
A wander around the wetland today produced, 30+ Mallard, 75+ Teal,12-14 Gadwall, 2 Mute Swan, 8 Moorhen, 4 Tufted Duck on the Wetland. 1500-2000+ Golden Plover on the point along with Redshanks, 200+ Lapwings, Sanderling, Oystercatchers and a few Herring Gulls. The Water Pipit was in the North Bay next to the stream. A Grey Wagtail and a Pied Wagtail also here whilst 6+ Rock Pipits favoured the end by the ramps.
29/11/09 Partly Cloudy 4c Wind NW 5 Mph
Well the cobwebs have taken hold and the tumble weed is blowing round this site due to the fact I just have not been out for ages. Mostly due to my mum having heart surgery, all my time is taken looking after her. Hoping to be out soon as she's on the mend. Mums don't you just love em...
18/10/09 Mostly Cloudy 12c Wind W 9 Mph
A check of the willows today saw no sign of yesterdays Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat but a phone call from NT alerted me to a Pectoral Sandpiper on the wetland. Another new species added to my patch list after dipping a couple of times. It showed well but at a distance feeding amongst a group of Common Snipe. 20+ Wigeon, Teal, 6+ Moorhen, 2 Mute Swans and a Fox also on the wetland.
The worst Pectoral Sandpiper shots in the world.........
16/10/09 Partly Cloudy 11c Wind N 16 Mph
A bit of seawatching midday produced 4 patch year ticks, which were Long Tailed Duck (juv) Goldeneye M, Great Skua, Whooper Swan( 2 adt + 5 juv) . Other birds noted were Red Throated Diver, Common Scoter 8 N, Great Crested Grebe and loads of Gannets. No sign of anything out of the ordinary in the top willows.600+ Golden Plovers around the Lighthouse, 10+ Sanderling and Ringed Plovers in the North Bay.
11/10/09 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind NW 12 Mph
I went straight to the willows at the North of the wetland today to look for yesterdays Yellow Browed Warbler. I bumped into a few birders who informed me their were 3 Yellow Browed Warblers ( one in the cemetery) and a Firecrest here, Blimey !!. All I found were a Wren, Magpie and 2 Reed Buntings. So I decided to check the top willows on my way back to the car. Just as well as I did as the Yellow Browed was calling here and I caught a quick look of it as it bombed past my head. No luck with the Firecrest mind........
8/10/09 Partly Cloudy 13c Wind N 12 Mph
The W.B.R.C reformed today for a quick trip up to Druridge Pools for the long staying Glossy Ibis. On arrival it flew past the hide window and landed out of range for a decent photo, Yeah a lifer!!!! I watched it feeding for awhile as 2 Otters were showing on and off to the far right off it.Also a couple of thousand Pink Footed Geese overhead with a few Barnacle Geese mixed in. What an absolute cracker of a bird, well worth the trip. Then we nipped back down to Cresswell Pond to see if the Buff Breasted Sandpiper had returned since it flew off this morning. No such luck so another chance of a lifer gone. Dont you just hate dipping??? Back to St Mary's Island via Longhurst Flash and Bothal pond where just Gadwall, Mallards, Mute Swans,Coots, Lapwings, Teal noted. St Mary's was quiet with a few Teal past, 10 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swam, Curlews, Redshanks, Common Gull, Black Headed Gulls, GBB Gulls, Cormorants, Gannets, Stonechat and my first October record of an Arctic Tern. A few Silver Y Moths, Red Admiral and Painted Lady's about too.
Best I could get at long range...
4/10/09 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind W 12 Mph
Here this morning were, 2 Mute Swan, 12 Moorhens and a few Linnets on the Wetland, 2 juv Mute Swans were in the South Bay also 2 Red Breasted Mergansers. The top willows were quiet with only a few common species seen i.e. Robins, Blackbirds, Wrens, Dunnock, Reed Buntings. Birds reported here today from SP were adult Med Gull, 1 Pomerine Skua, 44 Manx Shearwaters and 52 Ringed Plovers.
1/10/09 Partly Cloudy 11c Wind NW 8 Mph
Another wander round this morning saw in the West Field along the margin were 50- 60 Linnets, Goldfinches, 15-20 Skylarks, loads of Meadow Pipits, Lapwings, Reed Buntings, 2 Grey Heron and a Kestrel was being mobbed by Meadow Pipits. 60+ Barnacle Geese flew South past the Lighthouse and the adult Mediterranean Gull was on the rocks with the Black Headed Gulls. For me the best of the day was a Common Buzzard at the back of the cemetery, my first here in nearly 10 years of birding St Mary's. I've had Rough Legged and Honey Buzzard here before but never Common Buzzard till today. I watched it gliding overhead till I lost it in the glare of the sun. Buzzard's aren't they brilliant.....
30/9/09 Mostly Cloudy 14c Wind W 9 Mph
A visit this morning looking for migrants in the willows produced a Whitethroat, Robins, Blackbirds, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Wren, Dunnock, Reed Buntings. Over the West field were 10 Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Grey Heron, 100+ Golden Plover, Curlews, Carrion Crows. A local birder reported 2 Grey Partridges and a few Wheatear here also. A male Sparrowhawk over the wetland chased up a few Linnets other than that nothing much out of the ordinary seen.
20/9/909 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind W 12 mph
A quick visit this morning saw my first Speckled Wood Butterfly here and my first ever. Bird wise it was very quiet with just the usual suspects hanging about. A few Meadow Pipits and 25-30 Linnets over the West Field and a singing Chiffchaff in the willows. Still a few Swallows about over the wetland, 2 Mute swans, 3 Grey Herons and 4 Moorhen here too.
15/9/09 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind NE 9 Mph
A bit of a seawatch between 09.00 and 10.30 produced 1 Bonxie, 1000's of Gannets, 7 Manx Shearwaters, Puffin, Guillemots, 8 Common Scoter,12 Teal, 3 Red Breasted Mergansers, 4 Wigeon, and a juvenile Sabine's gull (09.40) North. And before you all start NO it wasnt a juv Kittiwake , I watched it for a few minutes as it drifted steadily North about half way out from the prom. The adult Med Gull was still in the Briar Dene carpark roosting in with the local Black Headed Gulls. I also had a large Shearwater heading North at 09.33 but it was too far out for me to call it.From what I did see I was thinking Cory's Shearwater but I'm not claiming it....
14/9/09 Mostly Cloudy 13c Wind NE 8 Mph
An hour seawatching till midday produced 75-80 Manx Shearwaters, 50+ Gannets, summer plumage Grey Plover, Kittiwakes, Guillemots, 18 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 10+ Fulmars North and a Whimbrel South. Fox on the wetland along with 1 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 8 Mallard and 2 Mute Swan
11/9/09 Partly Cloudy 17c Wind E 6 Mph
A round up of today's sightings which were, 50+ Teal,7 Wigeon, Gannets, 14 Cormorants, GBB Gulls, Sandwich Terns offshore, Willow Warbler and a Migrant Hawker in the Willows with a Chiffchaff and 15-20 Skylarks nearby.Golden Plovers, Turnstones, Redshanks and 200+ Starling on the point. The Wetland was quiet again with just 2 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen and 5 Black Headed Gulls on. Med Gull seen in the car park this morning, Thanks to BR for the info...
10/9/09 Fair 14c Wind W 5 Mph
In the North Bay this morning were 44 Sanderling, 4 Ringed Plover, 20+ Sandwich Terns, Roseate Tern, Turnstones, Curlew, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Common Gull, Black Headed Gulls, Cormorants, Golden Plover 200+, 8 Wigeon, Pied Wagtails, Starlings, Carrion Crows, whilst on the Wetland were the family of Moorhen and a Mute Swan. 100+ Swallows were over head with a couple of House Martin mixed in.
9/9/09 Partly Cloudy 15c Wind WNW 14 MPh
An hour and a bit out this morning and no my bed wasn't on fire produced, 50+ Common Scoter N , 3 Teal and a few Gannets, 4 Roseate Terns, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, 20+ Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 15-20 Sanderling, Turnstones, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Redshanks in the North Bay. A Great Crested Grebe was also fishing close inshore here. The Wetland Held 2 Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 6 Mallard and a family of 4 Moorhen. A pair of Sparrowhawks harassing the local Starlings but they both flew off without catching anything. A Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Dunnock were in the top willows.Just had an email back one of the Sanderling was colour ringed in Iceland this May. A canny distance for such a small wader to travel.
2/9/09 Partly Cloudy 15c Wind S 8 Mph
On the point today were Redshanks, Turnstones, Oystercatchers, Curlews, GBB Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Cormorants, 400+ Starlings nearby and 4-500 Golden Plover overhead. 5 Wheatears were at Hartley Cliffs with 12 being seen earlier by one of the regular birders, a scattering of Pied Wagtails seen about the patch and Swallows were feeding their young below the prom. A Whinchat was on the Wetland along with 2 Mute Swan, Moorhen and 2 young, Black Headed Gulls and a Redshank. 3 Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Wood Pigeons, Curlew, Starlings, Carrion Crows in the field next to the masts.
31/8/09 Partly Cloudy 20c Wind SSW 13 Mph
A quick visit today with the family saw 40+ Sandwich Terns, 2 Roseate Terns, GBB Gulls, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, Redshanks all roosting on the point. A few Gannets seen passing but a nice surprise was an adult Black Tern flying South with a Sandwich Tern. Another addition to my very small year list here. 500+ Starlings were over the West Field and a few Curlew were roosting here, till a female Sparrowhawk flew over and put them all up. The Wetland held 2 Mute Swan, Canada Goose, 4 Moorhen and a few Black Headed Gulls bathing.
29/8/09 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind W 20 Mph
I didn't make it out today so a big thanks to BR for the information. 20 Roseate Terns, 5 Whinchat, Whimbrel, Arctic Skua, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler and a Wheatear all seen here today.
22/8/09 Mostly Sunny 20c Wind W 10 Mph
At last an update I hear you all cry.. Still have the spacing problem at the mo.Nothing much on the Wetland except a Mute Swan and a family of Moorhen.Loads of Swallows passing through today with a few House Martins too.20+ Sanderling, 15+ Oystercatchers, Redshanks, BH Gulls, GBB Gulls,2 Fulmar, 6 Cormorant, Sandwich Terns, 3 Willow Warblers, 8 Goldfinch,Wood Pigeons, 500+ Starlings, Carrion Crows, Eider F noted today It's good to be back after having suspected Swine Flu, more than likely Man Flu......
30/7/09 Partly Cloudy 18c Wind W 22 MphA few returning waders noted today with 4 Turnstones, 3 Ringed Plover 3 Redshanks 23 Sanderling, 10 Oystercatchers
25/7/09 Partly Cloudy 18c Wind WNW 9 Mph
A very low tide today so not much about,
A Peregrine Falcon scared the sh*t out of the local starlings in the South bay
as it halfheartedly tried its luck for a meal. It then flew off towards
Hollywell Pond which may have been it's next port of call.
A few Sandwich Terns were fishing offshore and a Arctic Tern flew South being chased by it's noisy youngster.
The usually Gulls noted and again the Wetland is dead due to it being overgrown.
I caught up with N&M today and had a chat whilst we watched the distant planes
from the Sunderland Airshow. A canny visit overall....
Believe it or not it's a Peregrine falcon.....
20/7/09 Partly Cloudy 19c Wind W 16 Mph
After a long absence I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here today,
The Wetland held 2 Mute Swan, 3 Moorhen , Swallows, Sand Martins
2 Redshank and Black Headed Gulls.
On the point were a few Sandwich, Common and Arctic Terns, Greater Black Backed
Gulls and a couple of Cormorants.
Loads of Starlings hanging about the car park, with Carrion Crows,Rooks and Jackdaws.
Butterflies noted today were, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell,
Large and Small White,Wall and Meadow Browns, also 6 spot Burnet Moths seen.
I also bumped into the photographer who taught me all about using camera setting
and had a good natter.
2/7/09 Fair 23c Wind SE 8 Mph
Not much on the Wetland apart from a pair of Whinchat, a pair of Mute Swan,
Moorhens, 3 Black Headed Gulls and Swallows hawking for insects.
An adult Roseate Tern was sitting near12 Sandwich Terns and 50+ mixed Gulls
on the Point, my first Roseate of the year here.
St Mary's used to be a great place to see these birds, but numbers have dropped
here in the last few years.
Loads of Swallows and House Martins were over the cut grass in the west field
and Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Skylark an Meadow Pipits all in song.
Some Burnet Moths, Painted Lady, Wall and Large White Butterfly's about today.
8/6/09 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind E 8 Mph
Caught up with the Marsh Warbler here today, it was singing and showing briefly in the top willows. Just walk down the winding view point track, it was
in the willows at the bottom of the track. Yesterday I saw my first Manx Shearwater of 2009 along with a steady trickle of Gannets, Kittiwakes and Auks,
Also saw my first large Skipper of the year today. Which was nice........
25/5/09 Fair 16c Wind Var 3 Mph
This weekend's visits produced...
2-3 Sedge Warblers
2 Mute Swan
Black Headed Gulls
14/5/09 Partly Cloudy 13c Wind ESE 14 Mph
Update from yesterdays visit which was a wander around the Wetland,
2 Mute Swan, Moorhens and loads of Sand Martins, Swallows and
a year tick of Sedge Warbler here.
The surrounding scrub + willows held.....
Whitethroat 2,(showed very well at times) Wren, Reed Buntings, Blackbirds, Linnets, Magpie
whilst overhead were Rooks, Jackdaws, GBB Gulls, BH Gulls,
more Swallows and a couple of Fulmars.
A few Sandwich Terns were roosting on the rocks, along with the
usual mix of Gull Sp.
It's good to be back..
11/5/09 Partly Cloudy 11c Wind E 12 Mph
A quick visit early afternoon gave me sightings of
Whitethroat 2 displaying
G BB Gulls
Black Headed Gulls
Mute Swan 2
Shame my photos didnt come out....
8/5/09 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind W 29 Mph
And so I'm back from outer space.............
A quick visit this morning produced my first Swift of the year,
Whitethroat singing in the top scrub bushes, Swallows,
House Martin, Skylarks and Meadow pipits, Reed Buntings noted.
On the Wetland were a pair of Shelduck, a pair of Mute Swans
2 Herring gulls and Moorhens.
2/5/09 Partly Cloudy 11c Wind WNW 13 Mph
Well my dummy is firmly placed back in my mouth...
Family don't you just love em, parking ticket been paid
and new parking pass coming in a week. Magic!!!
A visit to the Briardene yesterday produced
Long Tailed Tits
16/6/08 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind SE 6 Mph
I wandered round the patch today looking for lil beasties rather than birds. Here is a few of the snaps I took.
There's loads of variety about insect wise if you take time to look downwards...........Wish I'd looked before.
10/6/08 Partly Cloudy 16c Wind W 13 Mph
Loads of Swifts about over the West Fields and a couple of Pheasants calling. Dunnock ,Wren and Great Tit seen with beaks full of
grubs along the track. A bit of House Sparrow on House Sparrow action near the top bushes. Bugger all but Sand Martins, Carrion
Crows and 2 Jackdaws on the wetland. Basically Fuck all about again............
6/6/08 Partly Cloudy 14c Wind VAR 3 Mph
Well June has arrived and its typical crappy weather. so not much about today. A pair of Tufted Ducks , 3 Mallards, 2 Mute Swans
Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows and a few Swift hawking over the wetland. A Grey Heron was trying his luck in the reeds
but as far as I saw it was unsuccessful.
A Song Thrush was giving it all in the top bushes, a few Linnets, Wren, Blackbirds and Reed Buntings also noted.
Bugger all on the rocks except school kids and winkle pickers so I came home for a bash on Halo2.
29/5/08 Partly Cloudy 20c Wind Var 3 Mph
At last I caught up with yesterdays Icterine warbler. It showed briefly this morning
then again this afternoon, it was in the top bushes at the North end of the wetland.
A very nice addition to my patch life list.
Also Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat 2, Wren, Blackbirds
Reed Buntings, Linnets and Dunnocks all trying to confuse me as they hopped about
the bushes. Spotty Fly and Garden Warbler( seen yesterday) both patch year ticks.
27/5/08 Mostly Cloudy 13c Wind ENE 22 Mph
A mini sea watch late morning produced.....
Arctic Tern (patch year tick)
5 Manx Shearwater N
Razorbills both numerous.
6 Eiders and loads of Fulmars
20/5/08 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind E 9 Mph
Drake Garganey was quite showy on the wetland before the Mute Swans chased it off.
A Fox was hunting rabbits in the top bushes today otherwise pretty much the same as usual.
15/5/08 Mostly Cloudy 11c Wind ENE 10 Mph
Just spent a bit of time in the south bay this morning with the camera
25+ Sanderling, 3 Purple Sandpipers, Turnstones, B H Gulls, G BB Gulls, Sandwich Terns noted.
10/5/08 Sunny 23c Wind ENE 8 Mph
At last a House Martin for the year here.It was hawking for insects over the wetland
along with loads of Swallows and Sand Martins. Willow and Sedge Warblers were singing
their little hearts out today. A small gathering of Sandwich Terns on the point, 30+ Sanderling
still in the South Bay inc 40+ Turnstones and a couple of Purple Sandpipers noted.
Peacock, Small White, Large white and Green veined White butterflies seen today.
7/5/08 Fair 19c Wind E 10 Mph
Every bird I tried to take a photo of today hid behind twigs the bastards!!!!
Groppa reeling near the mounds again and a couple of Whitethroat about other wise deed
6/5/08 Fair 16c Wind ESE 9 Mph
A Grasshopper Warbler reeling away in the scrub between the mounds today was
another patch year tick. It was sitting right in the open but was too far away for my 300mm lens
for me to get a decent photo, still was a joy to watch and gave me my best views yet of a Groppa.
I'd never noticed before that when they "reel" their tails look like their vibrating.
4 Pair of Reed Buntings seen including 2 pair"getting it on", what a way to spend a few minutes
"dogging" Reed Buntings....
2 Whitethroats, Swallows,Sand Martins and a few Sandwich Terns about.
A male Kestrel nabbed a small vole from the top scrub. Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were
displaying away in the West Field. The good weather made todays visit very pleasant.
Sometimes the small things in life can really cheer you up..
3/5/08 Partly Cloudy 13c Wind SSE 8 Mph
30/4/08 Mostly Cloudy 10c Wind SE 8 Mph
After yesterdays dip on the Red Rumped Swallow at Swallow Pond Wallsend. I thought a visit to my
patch would cheer me up. No sign of any new arrivals in the willows or top bushes, a Whitethroat
4 Linnets, Wren, Reed Buntings, Blackbird, Meadow Pipit seen. 22 Grey lag Geese in the west field
along with Rooks, Carrion Crows and Jackdaws. 15 Common Terns roosting near the lighthouse were
another patch year tick, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 14 Eiders and loads of Kittiwakes nearby.
27/4/08 Fog and Light Rain
A quick visit today to try and catch up with 2 Yellow Wagtails reported on the wetland.
No luck as they'd flown South by the time I arrived. A Singing Willow Warbler was another year tick.
4 White Wagtails were on the wetland along with loads of Swallows and Sand Martins.
A pair of Shelduck, Snipe, 3 Dunlin, 5 Moorhen and 2 Tufted Duck also seen.
24/4/08 Mostly Sunny Wind S 12 Mph
A nice female Wheatear in the mast field today was my first of the year. A few Sand Martins and Swallows about
and 3 Sandwich Terns offshore. Plenty of Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits about, and Skylarks were in full song.
Not much on the wetland again just the usual suspects and a White Wagtail.
Two heed the balls with lurchers were hunting the west field and managed to flush a bloke out of the bushes
which was strange, perish the thought what he was up too. Chatted to a few of the locals birders today
which made for a pleasant visit.
21/4/08 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind ENE 14 Mph
Not much on the wetland again today due to the resident fox prowling around. Its always a pleasure
seeing such a beautiful creature, but I cant help thinking about the negative effect it has on the breeding
birds on the wetland. Lapwing and Moorhen numbers were way down last year and I haven't had a sniff of
a Grey Partridge here for about 8 months.
6 Sand Martins and a Swallow hawking over the wetland, a pair of Mute Swan nest building, 2 pair of Teal
pair of Shelduck. 2 pair of Tufted Duck, 50+ Turnstone and 20 + Redshank. In the surrounding bushes
a single Goldcrest, Dunnock, Wren and my first Whitethroat of the year.
17/4/08 Mostly Cloudy 6c Wind NNE 16 Mph
A brief visit today produced 2 Sandwich Terns, Whimbrel calling as it flew North,
The usual crowd on the wetland being bugged by the local fox. The Leucistic Carrion Crow showed well.
The Briardene area yielded 3 Chiffchaff, Male Blackcap, singing Song Thrush, loads of
Blue and Coal Tits, Greenfinch, Wood Pigeons, Wrens, Great Tits, 4 Dunnocks having a scrap.
and a Pheasant. Whimbrel, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Pheasant additions to 2008 patch list.
16/4/08 Mostly Sunny 8c Wind E 14 Mph
My first Sand Martin of year here today, I always enjoy seeing these when they arrive
after their long journey. 2 Sandwich Terns North and loads of Kittiwakes offshore.
The Wetland had a pair of Shelduck, 3 Pairs of Tufted Ducks, Drake Mallard, 100+ Redshank
20 Turnstone, 4 Moorhen 200+ Starlings, 8 Carrion Crows and a pair of Grey Lag Geese.
The ploughed field was the busiest with 30+ Wood Pigeon, Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, Lapwings
Rooks, Jackdaws, Black Headed Gulls, 20+ Skylarks and 15+ Meadow Pipits.
12/4/08 Rain 5c Wind WNW 17 Mph
The Wetland today held 10 Tufted Ducks, Gadwall Pair, Shovelar Pair, Teal 2 Pair, Moorhens,
Juv Mute Swan , 2 Snipe, 100+ Redshanks.
Plenty of Kittiwakes passing offshore with Puffin, Razorbill, Sandwich Tern, 10 Eiders, 9 Common Scoter
Gannets, 3 Tufted Duck and 2 Teal noted.
I then nipped down to Swallow Pond for the reported Pallas's Warbler but no luck for me Sand Martin and Blackcap
added to my year list thou.The Pallas's Warbler was seen near the screen hide and along the main track by a few lucky punters.
4 patch year ticks today, Puffin, Sandwich Tern and Tufted Duck, Common Scoter
5/4/08 Partly Cloudy 7c Wind N 21 Mph
The Garganey were showing well on the wetland today, best viewed from the stone view point.
Also a fox was sitting in the middle of a group of about 20 Carrion Crows, it didn't seem bothered by them
even when they mobbed it now and again.10 Grey lag Geese, 4 Teal, 5 Moorhen and 4 Snipe also.
A steady passage of Gannets today with Guillemots and a few Razorbills.A Manx Shearwater flew north close
inshore but when I called it 4 other Birders didnt get onto it. Well after that they kept looking down their noses at
me, and made me feel as welcome as a fart in a spacesuit on my own patch!!.Its strange that you only see these people
when something is on the wetland or in the willows. I must stress that it wasnt any of the usual crowd, who are always
happy to help. Manxie and Razorbill nice additions to my patch year list.
3/4/08 Partly Cloudy 16c Wind W 16 Mph
Highlights (wetland only)
5 Grey Lag Geese
Herring Gull pair
Carrion Crow 20 Inc one showing white on its wings.
Reed Buntings 3 pair
And two Foxes fighting and scaring the heck out of the Grey Lags on the wetland
29/3/08 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind S 17 Mph
A quick visit to catch up with yesterdays reported Firecrest. After about 15-20mins hanging about the top
willows a whistle from another birder alerted me to the fact it was showing in the mixed bushes at the North
end of the Wetland. What a little cracker as it showed really well as it flitted back and forth feeding.A nice
addition to my patch year list. The Wetland was pretty quiet today with 6 Grey lag Geese, 5 Teal, Moorhen.
27/3/08 Mostly Cloudy 8c Wind Calm
The Wetland today held 7 Grey Lag Geese, 7 Snipe, 6 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, Teal, Pied Wagtail
100+ Redshank and a Dunlin and the long staying Water Pipit put in a brief appearance.
Offshore were Eiders, Cormorants, Great Black Backed Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, 2 Kittiwakes
Herring Gulls, whilst the usual mix of waders were on the point. A Chiiffchaff was reported in the Briardene
today up by the Golf Club end (M&N). This is the first of the spring migrants I've had reported here so far......
19/3/08 Partly Cloudy 8c Wind NNW 9 Mph
Only a brief round up today as I forgot my bins (I know what a dozy twat) so I only had my camera with me.
In the South Bay were 40+ Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, Redshanks, Turnstones, 6 Rock Pipits, Common Gull and 8 Eider.
The Wetland held, Teal, 2 Mute Swan, 200+ Redshank, 6 Moorhen, Grey Heron, 500+ Starlings
30+ Curlew, Meadow Pipits, Snipe, Lapwings, 2 Reed Bunting and a few Carrion Crows....
13/3/08 Partly Cloudy 9c Wind W 16 Mph
I picked up 4 patch year ticks today , House Sparrow ( I know) Collared Dove, Stock Dove
and Meadow Pipit. A Med Gull and Iceland Gull also reported here today shame I missed them.
The Female Pintail was still on the Wetland along with 6-7 Snipe, Grey Lag Goose 2, Teal 11, Mallard 2
6 Moorhen, Common Gull and a few Black Headed Gulls.
Offshore a few Eider were about along with a Red Throated Diver, Greater Black Backed Gulls, Cormorants
and Herring Gulls.
The Cemetery had Blue Tits, Blackbirds, Magpies, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove 3, Greenfinch, Carrion Crows.
Grey Lag Goose
6/3/08 Mostly Cloudy 10c Wind W 20 Mph
Yes you can believe your eyes its an update so here goes.......
The Wetland held 15 Curlew, 6 Moorhen, Mallards, Grey Lag Goose 2, 8 Teal, Lapwings
Grey Heron, Starlings and 16 Redshank..
A single Pink Footed Goose was in the South Bay next to 2 Eider with 50+ Black Headed Gulls,
Common Gull and the usual mix of waders.
The rocks near the lighthouse were the most productive today with 15 Purple Sandpipers, 30+ Turnstone,
5 Dunlin, 20+ Redshank, Greater Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, 4 Cormorant.
Tons of frog spawn in the dipping pond but no sign of any frogs. A pleasant visit overall.
28/2/08 Partly Cloudy 8c Wind W 18 Mph
I did the Southern and Western boundaries of the patch today which resulted in 4 patch year ticks.
The Briardene held Chaffinches*, Great Tits*, GoldFinches, Wrens, Blackbirds, Magpies, 3 Song Thrushes,
Linnets, Wood Pigeons, Long Tailed Tits, Blue Tits,*, Greenfinch *,Dunnocks and my first Bumblebee of 2008.
The whole place was teaming with birds including some carrying nesting material.
The Old Bridge area today had, Robin, Chaffinch, more Wrens, Golden Plover, Rooks, Jackdaws,
Black Headed Gulls, Great Tits and I watched a Carrion Crow and female Sparrowhawk having
an Ariel dogfight.
18/2/08 Mostly Sunny 6c Wind Calm
I concentrated on the North end of my patch today which paid off in the shape of 2 Great Crested Grebes
in Collywell Bay(patch year tick) along with 10+ Eider. A few Fulmars again on Hartley Cliffs and nearby
10 Jackdaw and 10+ Feral Pigeon were also on the cliff face. A single Female Stonechat and 2 Meadow Pipits
showed in the Donkey Field. The usual mixed bag of waders were scattered about including 2 Purple Sandpiper,
50+ Redshank, 30+ Oystercatchers, 60+ Curlew and about 20 Sanderling.
The Wetland today held.. 50+ Lapwing, 20+ Teal, pair of Mute Swan, Mallards, 7+ Snipe, 100+ Black Headed
Gulls, 3 Common Gull, Pair of Stonechat and 9 Moorhen. In the Heron field were 20+ Grey Lag Geese, Rooks,
Wood Pigeons and strangely for here no Grey Herons. The field gained its nickname due to anything up to 10-20 Herons
17/2/08 Mostly Sunny 6c Wind WSW 3 Mph
A quick visit to the wetland today so not much to report, but here goes...
82+ Curlew, 100+ Black Headed Gulls, 8 Moorhen, 2 Snipe, 20+ Teal, 10+ Mallard
30 Redshank. A Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Carrion Crows, Stonechat, Reed Bunting
and Linnets in the top bushes and 80+ Pink Footed Geese flying North just offshore.
13/2/08 Fair 10c Wind Calm
Just like a spring morning here today with 20 Skylarks singing their heads off in the west field,
also 6+ Reed Buntins, Robin and Dunnock joining in. The Wetland had 15+ Mallard, 20+ Teal,
9 Moorhen and 7 Snipe whilst 10 Fulmar, OysterCatchers, Rnged Plovers and Redshank were
hanging about the Hartley Cliff's area. 40 Curlew, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Wood Pigeons
100+ lapwing and a Sparrowhawk in the fields here. A single Long Tailed Tit and Shag added
2 more to my patch year list total.
02/02/08 Partly Cloudy 4c Wind SW 12 Mph
A text message this morning dragged me out of the house as a Glaucous Gull was reported
on the point. It was still there when I arrived but flew South shortly afterwards. A single Guillemot
bobbing about in the surf provided another patch year tick. I finally caught up with the Water Pipit
in the North Bay, it was knocking about with Rock Pipits feeding on the tide wrack. A few Ringed Plover,
Redshank, Sanderling and 2 Purple Sandpipers also here. Heading back to the car myself and 2 fellow
birders had an adult Yellow Legged Gull on the point before it too flew South. Corker a new addition
to my patch list..
On the Wetland today were 10 Snipe, 18 Teal, 4 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Common Gull
40+ Black Headed Gulls and a stunning looking Fox chasing the Teal in and out of the reeds. Pure Magic......
26/01/08 Mostly Cloudy 10c Wind W 18 Mph
The Wetland today had on it 100 Black Headed Gulls bathing including 1 bird in full summer plumage,
5 Common Gulls, 5 Moorhen, 3 Teal. In the South Bay feeding along the tide line were 17 Sanderling,
Turnstones, Redshanks, Bar Tailed Godwit ( year tick) and Curlew.5 Rock Pipits were flycatching
at the bottom of the prom and about 3000+ Golden Plover overhead. I'm almost certain I had the
Water Pipit in the North Bay but it was flushed by people walking and I couldn't relocate it.
3 Purple Sandpiper, Redshanks, Oystercatchers and Carrion Crows completed my visit.
23/01/08 Mostly Cloudy 12c Wind SW 16 Mph
2000+ Golden Plover along with 500+ Lapwing, 20+ Sanderling, 4 Purple Sandpiper,
Turnstones, Pied Wagtail and 5+ Rock pipits in the North Bay area. 300+ Black Headed Gulls
and a few Herring Gulls feeding close inshore. 30+ Curlew in the West Field and the usual mob
on the Wetland.
19/01/08 Partly Cloudy 7c Wind W 10 mph
At last I'm back out after a bout of man flu, birds seen today
Little Grebe, 6 Snipe, 2 Mute Swan, 20+ Teal and a pair of Shovelar on the Wetland,
2500-3000 Golden Plover along with 500+ Lapwing overhead.
No sign of the Water Pipit in the North Bay but 10 Rock Pipits, 6 Purple Sandpiper,Knot
Turnstone and 200+ Redshank were roosting on the Island. A single Pintail flew past
and 5 Reed Bunting in the top willows finished the morning off.
09/01/08 Partly Cloudy 5c Wind WSW 31 Mph
A flying visit today due to the strong winds. I even got blown sideways which is no mean feet
as I'm no stranger to a pie or three. the Wetland had 20+ Teal ,Little Grebe, Mallards, Moorhen
Drake Shovelar and a couple of Common Snipe. A few Great Black Backed Gulls on the point
and the usual crowd of waders spread about as the tide was out.
04/01/08 Partly Cloudy 3c Wind S 7 Mph
A quick walk round the Wetland with 2 fellow Birders(BR AB) today saw
Gadwall M&F, Mallards 10+, Little Grebe, 20+ Teal, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen
2500-3000+ Golden Plover overhead, 9 Purple Sandpipers in the North Bay with
Sanderling, Dunlin, 200+ Redshank and 500+ Lapwing on the point. 6+ Rock Pipit
20+ Curlew ,5 Fulmar and Song Thrush also seen.
29/11/07 Partly Cloudy 10c Wind W 9 Mph
On the Wetland today were 73 Teal. 7 Wigeon, 3 Snipe, 10+ Mallard, Pintail F, 3 Mute Swans.
40+ Sanderling were busying feeding along the tide line in the South Bay, along with Turnstones, Redshanks
and a few Dunlin. Meanwhile in the North Bay were Curlew, Oystercatchers and 6 Ringed Plover. With
a few hundred Golden Plover and Lapwings nearby.A single Grey Wagtail flew North and the usual mixed
gull flock hanging around on the point.
27/11/07 Partly Cloudy 9c Wind S 1 Mph
Highlights for today.
3 Purple Sandpiper
15-20 Rock Pipits
77 Pink Footed Geese flew S and the usual motley crew hanging around the shoreline and wetland.
22/11/07 Mostly Cloudy 4c Wind N 17 Mph
Wet windy and wild today so not much about
Golden Plover 300+
Purple Sandpiper and 500+ Mixed Gull Flock
16/11/07 Mostly Cloudy 9c Wind SSW 2 Mph
At last I've reached 200 species for my life patch list. The 200th bird was a cracking Kingfisher over the Wetland.
I have missed this species on a number of occasions here.
Other birds seen today, 7 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Red Throated Diver, 80 Sanderling
3 Purple Sandpiper, Kestrel M and a Female Snow Bunting.
12/11/07 Partly Cloudy 4c Wind WNW 5 Mph
A brief visit today due to having Man Flu (common cold) saw.
9 Little Auks, 7 Goldeneye, 11 Wigeon, 1000's of Gulls about mainly Black Headed and Herring Gulls. Pied wagtail,
Teal, 3 Mute Swan, Robin, Mallards and the 2 Snow Buntings nearby at the rendezvous cafe were showing well,
until some old fart with his Poodle flushed them off. I had them as close as 5ft just before he showed up.
8/11/07 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind WNW 26 Mph
Blowing a hoolie today so deed.. Wigeon 14, Snipe 9-10, Teal 20+, Grey Heron, No sign of any Little Auks( only had my bins)
Nearby a single Snow Bunting on the Beehive flash.
31/12/07 Mostly Cloudy 8c Wind S 5 Mph
Highlights ( Coz I'm lazy)
21 Snipe, 18 Mallard, M&F Wigeon , Little Grebe, 2 M & 1 F Shovelar, 2 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen
20+ Teal and a rather chubby Fox on the Wetland. The North Bay held 20+ Sanderling, Dunlin,
400+ Lapwing, 5-700 Golden Plover. A Male Kestrel was hunting the Wetland banks and
I received a text message off SP saying he'd had a Pomerine Skua flying South.
Happy Birding in 2008
28/12/07 Partly Cloudy 12c Wind SW 18 Mph
At last I final got out after all the madness of crimbo and I don't even celebrate it. (Pagan and Proud)
20+ Mallard, 15+ Teal, Mute Swan, 2 Moorhen, 4 Common Gulls ,40+ Black
Headed Gulls and 3 Snipe on the Wetland. A mixed bag of waders were feeding in the South Bay
20+ Sanderling, Redshanks, Turnstones, Oystercatchers and a few Curlew noted.
About 2000 Golden Plover on the point ,10+ Rock Pipits in the North Bay and a Kestrel
hunting the banks of the Wetland made up the rest of todays birds.
All the best for 2008 and try not to get too pissed.....
13/12/07 Fair 6c Wind S 12 Mph
There were 19 Snipe on the Wetland ( 30 seen by one of the local birders SP) 5 Wigeon, 35 Mallard,
50 Teal and a few Moorhen.The water level is very high at the moment.
A Great Northern Diver flew South closely followed by a Red Throated Diver and in the North Bay
26 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Curlews, Oystercatchers, Eider and 5 Knot were
busy feeding along the foreshore. A few Linnets and Rock Pipits flew overhead and 3 Carrion Crows
patrolled the car park. Blimey it didn't half feel cold today....
11/12/07 Partly Cloudy 6c Wind W 3 Mph
A very quick visit today produced....
16 Snipe, 50-60 Teal, 3 Mute Swan, 4 Moorhen, 70+ Black Headed Gulls, Mallards
Stonechat F, 3 Common Gull and a Grey Heron on the Wetland.
The North Bay had the usual mix of Ringed Plovers, Sanderling, Redshanks, Rock Pipits
5 Skylarks flew overhead and about 10 Curlew were feeding close to the road in the west field.
9/12/07 Partly Cloudy 6c Wind W 5 Mph
In the North Bay today were 5 Knot, 6 Purple Sandpipers, 10+ Ringed Plover, 30+ Sanderling
6 Rock Pipits including a Littoralis race bird. These are more streaked, with a white belly and an obvious
eyebrow stripe when compared to Rock Pipit.
In the West Field were 1000-1500 Golden Plover, 100+ Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crows, 200+ Lapwing.
Whilst along the top end of the Wetland a few Blackbirds, Robins and Wrens could be heard.
The Wetland itself held 50+ Teal, 5 Wigeon, 3 Mute Swan, Mallards, Moorhen and an assortment of gulls.