Tuesday, 27 August 2013
The Red-backed Shrike has showed well over the last couple of days in the Whitburn point LNR for most folk visiting this area.
A couple of texts this morning regarding the warbler seen on the outskirts of Shearwater yesterday certainly blew the cobwebs away, Its now a Arctic warbler! Glad I persisted yesterday now with trying to see this illusive bird, it took 3 attempts to eventually see this warbler and only a few record shots were had.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
After this it was an explore of this area, numerous warblers including White throats, Willow warbs. and about 6 or so Whinchats in the grassed areas. Little owl taking in the views from the usual perch overlooking Trow's 2nd bay.
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Again singles of adult Roseate and Juv. (not in this record shot) picked up on this visit as the tide was about 3/4 quarters in ,viewed from the Pier walkway. On Sunday I managed see 2 adults and a single Juv. Rosy's here.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Still very sad to see this site almost lost.
Saturday, 10 August 2013
Four adult Mediterranean gulls along the Leas on this pass today, 2 near the Trow quarry entrance road and 2 on the Blackberry hills grassed area. Also one of the ringed Herring gulls I've seen before in Marine park showed again today here.
Had a look at Whitburn steel area at around 5pm hoping to pick up the Bonaparte s gull but no luck on this visit. But an adult Arctic tern was rested here along with very few other terns, but great to see the wader numbers growing here again.
So I headed back down to the pier again after visiting Whitburn for a change...It was! as Bob my canine companion had been left at home on this late afternoon outing on purpose.The reason? To sit with the Terns on Sandhaven rocks.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
These two record shots where taken from the pier. I've yet to properly set foot on Sandhaven 'so to speak' this post- breeding season at a lower tide level because the weather conditions has had this beach packed , as expected. One or two visits could be on the cards early doors me thinks soon.
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
And then they both landed in a regular visited area of the pier for this species over the years. Just before the bend on the south side, the area the waders favour here at high tide to rest up. Speaking of which- first 2 Purple Sandpipers and 4 Dunlin for me at this time of year and also 4 Sanderling and 6 Turnstones.
Needless to say the Bob was tethered to the handrail whilst I sat on the pier side, something he'll get used to.
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Three adult Mediterranean gulls picked up on the drive along the Leas stretch of grassed areas,the small pockets of Black-headed gulls along here proved well worth a better look. Blackberry hills area provided 2 adults today , always a good place to check out.