Thursday, 30 August 2012
But unfortunately not close enough for some I've been told...some arsehole ventured onto the pier rocks trying for closer shots!!!
Boldon flats has been a massive success this year with the rain we've had which has topped this field up nicely at times. This and the cattle on here at this time of year have created ideal wader habitat at times. Last Sunday seen a first for me here after dropping in around tea time, 3 Wood Sandpipers together and one was calling,something else Ive never heard before! this also had a couple of lads here searching for the culprit making the call until nailed down.
Four Whimbrel with one Barwit passed over heading south yesterday together, which took me by surprise and the camera was'nt out! This evening 4 Knots landed briefly on Sandhaven before heading north. Bonus of a single Wheatear (male) this evening also on Sandhaven rocks.
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Then down to Whitburn steel area -hardly any gulls on the sea at this time so no hopes of the Bonapates gull showing well feeding with black- headed mates here on this visit. Single s/p. Barwit was more or less the highlight on this visit. Over 150 Golden plovers flew over heading inland whilst on the approach road to Whitburn, another resting site somewhere near.?
Boldon flats was next, poor for myself without having my scope at hand. Plenty of Curlews and a Green sandpiper lifted from the longer grass. Some good waders reported here this morning..(again).
Mill lane on the way back to the coast..Hundreds if not thousands of gulls feeding on the ploughing of a field here and a few birders trying to find a needle in a haystack.!.. (myself included for a while). But nice to have a bit patter here with a couple of lads.
And then the pier's magnet kicked in,the call was just too strong to resist again especially at high tide,mega busy again.
Very few terns around again on this visit but a nice bit patter with another couple of lads with cameras here enjoying the views of a single adult and juv. Roseate tern at close quarters.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Only a few folk present at first when we arrived but this twitch number built up slightly a little later as obviously word spread and peeps managed to get down for a quick look.
But its been a fantastic hour or so down here this evening, the finder D. Foster also picked out a Yellow wagtail and two Black terns were present also! Larger numbers of waders and terns here now than on visits in the last couple of weeks.
This Bonaparte's gull I think has graced our coastline for the 3rd year in row! ?. Where's it been and gone between the reports along our coastline around this time of year..? a question many pondered this evening.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Monday, 13 August 2012
And fantasic to have a bit patter with a couple of lads from the the Lakes area on Sunday who had travelled to our neck of the woods to view the Roseates...they left happy.
This un-ringed Rosy juv. rested up with the other terns here today on the rocks.
s corner of pier is starting to build up nicely again with these birds leaving the nesting sites locally. A Shag also paid a visit today.
Thursday, 9 August 2012
I 'ordered' the better half to try and find the best new midgy gear possible before this evening and she came up trumps! (which seems to have worked this time!), a few of the lads turned up with head nets, body vests and full type bed protection...here come the bride- Mr CW or was it prince of Arabia.?
With a couple of nets positioned in a area Adrian had had success in previously, a few of us had a wander up the track leading to the south-east.When we reached a 'Y' junction in the track, the first Nightjar of the evening was heard calling and very close!.. this was 9.25pm. (I checked the time). This bird put on a canny show around this area, floating over our heads at times and landing in the same area it had came from (one of them moments you cannot forget..Incredible for me!). Another net was set up in this area after these sightings, and despite constant contact with the the Jars it didn't produce.
What a bird to see so close up and also to encounter in natural habitat so to speak.
Don't think the smile has left my face yet and neither will it when I mention this night again.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
It was about high tide on this short visit and after the main Sandwich tern group had departed the other Terns settled more.