Sunday, 13 November 2011

The best views ive ever had!

At Boldon flats this morning, Bean geese had been reported first thing. By the time many of us visited a little later,ONLY 17 White- fronted geese present...!

What a great sight! shite light wise but seeing these geese so close was excellent.

Great to view family groups and how the White-fronts mixed with the Greylags. Mainly behind the greylags but sometimes one or two young birds would venture closer.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

What a bird for ST.

At the end of a great few hours around the doors today, Mr Hogg got a phone call from Dennis.S. whilst we viewed the Brents just north of Souter. This call had a few of us getting down to the Whitburn lodge car park asp." Possible/probable " Nightingale picked up here.

After "hot" footing down here with Dougie (collected from the ringing hut) and Jan left with Max here. Dennis and a couple of other lads picked the bird up as me and Dougie left.!

But lady luck was our side as we returned to the car park, me and Dougie picked the bird up again in the original spot it was first seen... A strange one this,.behaviour wise .

What a cracking sight seeing Brents feeding along the leas.!(for the second day)

For the third year in a row ive managed to see Bewicks at Boldon....a first for Jan even after visiting Norfolk a few years back.

What an excellent few hours....thanks to all for the up dates.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Snow Bunts!

A couple of texts today alerted myself and others to a few Snow buntings around the Whitburn coastal park, 4 beeing the best reported. Great news! So headed down there to go in search after missing out last weekend after Neil F's. text last Sunday regarding 4 around the pier area, which I was pretty miffed off about whilst on the NT organised walk and never caught up with...(cheers Neil all the same)
But for once "lady luck" delt me a kind hand today.Popped down to the ringing hut and me and Davy G. went down to the area the birds had been in, met Mr Hogg here and before long a fly over Snow bunting was had...Mr Hogg was over the moon with this as a year tick, but better followed!. A further 11 birds flew up and landed close, at least two full adult males with them.

I know it will be a good cause .........but nee way! The lighthouse today had folk queuing to ascend and get down this way!

This one is from last weekend at Whitburn, thought I would include as I don't think ive seen 3/4 Herons here before?...

Light was bad this morning/lunch time but a pleasure to see and hear these belters.

This afternoon with Max in tow(had him all day) i walked the length of the Leas along the coastal path and the return journey along the Leas hedge. Some interesting Fungi. That was it!

Interesting at the ringing hut latter on...