Friday, 29 June 2012
Bins up and theres two,and they are alive! They swam around calling but no sign of parents ,It seemed their fate was doomed as the the gulls looked on with interest.
First off-spring water bird wise Ive seen here this year.Cannot believe this was a special one but i am easy pleased with local sightings like this.
Sadly only one yellow duckling remains after a visit today, as expected.
This ones history-
And the gull belows history-
Interesting stuff! and always great to hear about the birds you report.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
We had wanted to do the all day event but that was out of our price range so we made the most of a 2 and half hour trip. Once at Seahouses we headed for our favourite pit stop here to re-fuel ,Coxons cafe, a excellent establishment we've used a few times in the past before boarding a boat.. A couple of Bacon butties with liquid refreshments enjoyed here then it was down to the harbour.
A 30 minute delay with the departure of the boat gave us time to take in the Eiders with young around the harbour area and a insight to just how busy it was here this day.
The Arctic terns where in fine form....great stuff!
Puffins a plenty diving into burrows with beak fulls of food trying to avoid the gulls, looks funny to us but not so funny to them with young to feed.
The shot above sums up what some of the visitors did for a little protection from the Arctic terns ( you would think it was raining!)..we also seen Umbrellas, water bottles and bags being waved about, turban type efforts being made...etc.
This brings me to the short talk the warden gave before anyone on our boat set foot on Inner Farne (the same one this time every year). The looks on some folks faces regarding Terns acting in a defence type mode was a picture, obviously many a visitor comes unprepared or unaware. Its all part of the Farnes experience in ours and many other visitors eyes, after all you are entering their world and should feel honoured to be allowed to.!
Double birthday celebration for us.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
I had about a hour here today wandering back and forth and what a pleasure it was. I had came here with Banded Demioselles in mind this morning as this is a great site Ive found over the years for them. I found 3 males here today and these took a little finding, mainly settled on brambles and not in the longer grass as usually here.
Excellent short visit and I'll be back soon hopefully.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Its just magical to watch wave after wave of these birds coming and going from the nesting area here in the height of the breeding season.
Some good news from Mr DC when we had the pleasure again....77 pairs of Little gems so far counted and a few more to follow we hope going off some of the other non-nesting birds behaviour witnessed here.
Quick look at Blackhall rocks on the way back whilst enjoying refreshments from the north car park.- 2 Black- throated divers loafing about further out than 2/3 Red- throated. ...Nice!
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
The spuggies (and other species plus all nature enthusiasts) have a certain Jimmy the nest box maker to thank for his tireless work and commitment regarding nesting birds. This bloke is a fit as f**k for his age and puts many of us 10-20+ years younger folk to shame!...plus he's a canny rattler.
The first site we visited I had ventured to before, the next I did'nt have a clue where I was(nor did Jason who was on the second outing) but we where told its a old stomping ground of a few Durham lads and I could why with all the normal Warblers including Lesser white, Partridges, Yellowhammers etc..... just a fantasic habitat with natural farmland also.
We also visited a small woodland area on our travels (again nee idea where?) and this resulted in seeing-
Dipper, Tawny owl, Tree pipit, Redstart and Garden warbler of note. Plus Otter crap and footprints found.
This morning I went along to a public park in the Newcastle area, a place ive not been to for a while. Really nice park and lovely short walk but best of all was sitting watching pairs of Dipper and Grey Wagtail here.(mental note made to myself ; remember to take ya camera next time!).