Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Couple from yesterday

 Dipped the Wryneck in the LNR after being tipped off about it the previous day, not surprising as the better half was in tow. (boggy bird for her,3 attempts at trying over the years to connect her to one).
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.
Not what expect to be looking at in Whitburn...

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Canny day around the doors yesterday.

 Text alert from 'Pink Floyd' ( aka. a canny lad who lives in Shields) this morning regarding a few migrants along the coastal stretch. Me and the hound ventured forth heading towards the Leas hedge after been given this info. After several passes of the southern end of the hedge near Marsden bay, I managed about 5 seconds of the Red- backed Shrike out of cover, its not exactly what you call a stunner. But great to see never the less.!

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.

A couple from the Whitburn ringing hut yesterday,firstly this Garden warbler. Whilst the lads where dropping the nets due to the wet weather on this afternoon, a few of these birds dropped in.
Nice surprise when this young Barred warbler was extracted from the nets.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

From Tuesday.

Playing catch up..
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.
 On Tuesdays noon visit some of the bairns were landing on the pier wall, after being disturbed from their creche on Sandhaven rocks and what was left of the beach here with the tidal situation.  
 Tuesday's evening high tide visit was spent with the Common terns at close quarters on Sandhaven rocks.(dog- less)

Its a joy this time of year.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Readheads landing update.

 This was the sight that greeted me on a visit here last Thursday. I knew this fence was to be erected here, but not in such a short time span from it being made public which was very disappointing for many a visitor hoping for a last pilgrimage to this public right of way.  
The Kittiwakes have done amazing well this year under the circumstances ( nesting ledges boarded up etc.) and like I thought, they have used ANY available nesting ledges.(including a old ventilation outlet) to populate the area with 40 or so pairs nesting at this site. Cracking stuff only about 8 pairs down from last year!.

Still very sad to see this site almost lost.

Gazette article-


Saturday, 10 August 2013

One of them special moments.

 A low tide level visit to the pier at about noon today resulted in about the same number of Terns as in previous visits as I viewed from the pier walkway. An adult and Juv. Rosy present as per previous posts still, and about 40 Common terns.
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.

 Careful walk over the rocks near the pier gate and one's arse was settled between two of the main groups of terns. Again only one Rosy chick on show here and one adult.

 The Common terns entertained as always, with adults feeding young and young chasing adults.
 And then something happened that I didn't expect to occur. I had been keeping a eye on the juvenile Roseate tern after watching a parent bird leave it to obviously go off on the hunt. I waited in anticipation for an adult to return whilst loving the experience of sitting with terns, as always.

When it came back, what did the juvenile do??? flew directly in front of me and landed closer! to collect the food . Over in the matter of seconds,  but memories are made of this.! (un cropped shot)

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The pier where else!

 After Tuesday's sighting of the two Roseates here my count hasn't increased as yet. Still one adult and a juvenile present on both these visits around the high tide mark. Yesterday the juvenile favoured the south side of the pier wall area, whilst today it mingled with about another 25-30 juveniles of the Common variety on Sandhaven rocks. (if its the same bird??? which I think it is).
Along with the mentioned Terns above also two juvenile Arctics showed on the visit today.
 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

Nice to see you's again!

 Well the anticipated first sighting of post-breeding Roseate tern around the pier and Sandhaven for me ended today. I was just by the gate, after checking out the rested Common terns on Sandhaven rocks, when the sound of a Juvenile calling was picked up......Bliss!  And sure enough an adult joined in, calling a little further out.
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. 
 Sundays pier visit had a few small surprises. A few of the Common tern bairns where landing on the walkway in between the 'foot traffic' here at times, giving almost 'Farne' type experiences for the general public.
This Juvenile Rock pipit followed its parents 'lead' and hopped around the fishermen etc. here looking for scraps. Also an adult Mediterranean gull was hanging out with the Black-headed gulls on the sea at the base of the pier.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Meds. on the menu again.

 My 'numpty' value went though the roof today!.. Checked the high tide times and headed off for my place of worship this time of year, ' the pier' at around 1pm today. It wasn't until I had parked up and set foot on the pier with Bob that I remembered that the camera battery was on still on charge back home...Senile moment number....? (I've given up on counting now). Thankfully it was more or less the same count of Terns as yesterday with around 60 Common terns in the area, mainly on Sandhaven rocks. But today I counted 28 Juveniles here so many more adults will be out fishing.

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.

 And the above and below shots is I believe to be the Marsden car park bird, its bill pattern looks a little different now but time will tell if it is this resident winter visitor.
 The bird certainly behaved in the same manner...
 This first winter Med. gull was on Blackberry hills grassed area yesterday, but no sign today on the Leas.

Couple of sibling's rested on the pier rocks yesterday. A few of their rarer cousins will hopefully be landing here soon....