Monday, 22 April 2013
And the flutterbyes were becoming active along the Hawthorn path area with about 6 of each of small tortoiseshell and Peacock.
Also my first Willow warbler of the year belting out its song almost as soon as I entered the park.
The Kittiwakes at Readheads landing are still about with 32 birds in the area at around noon on Sunday, about 14 appear to be on old nests.A count over the next few months will be needed to get a more accurate number of birds nesting here this year.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
My reason mainly for this visit was to check for Otter sign with the survey organised by the Durham wildlife trust taking place next weekend and its within the the patch area Ive been allocated to survey.
That square looking stone in the above picture ....hot spot!
Two of the fields in this area were lifting with Fieldfares! ...impossible to count but estimate 200-300.
Not a great day for photos but a canny visit around the doors never the less.
Sunday, 7 April 2013
I had to count the Avocets here three times! as 11 of these fantastic waders were present on the wader lake here. I hadn't checked the centres web page for a while , the last time was when 7 birds were reported on this. So seeing 11 here was a pleasant surprise.
Couple of Black-tailed Godwits along with the Herons nesting exploits being the other highlights of this short visit which is one of the benifits of being a member of this wwt, you can pop in when you want, for as long as you want.
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
But nope, so far hardly any of the white rumped summer migrants have been sighted along our coastal area as yet, and hardly a 'Chiffing' thing heard or seen.
So when I was kindly informed that these bellters were still hanging around this morning (after being sighted yesterday), well we just had to go and have a look being only minutes away in the car in South Shields.
First pass and none were in view, second time lucky!. 32 had been sighted first thing this morning feeding on a canny number of berries left on the trees and this our second visit here, 18 birds showed.
As Jan was returning to the car she over heard some woman passing by saying to her companion- ' I hope they aren't taking pictures of bairns' referring to me and Ian mc. (who had his little lad present in his buggy). Thankfully this woman's companion reassured her that the cameras were being pointed at birds. The joys of urban birding and busy public places...! ;-)