Monday, 18 August 2014


Following a sight of the cracking pics by Gateshead and Beyond I had a look down to the quayside to try and spot a Peregrine. Tick.

was also pleased to be able to watch a Common Sandpiper feeding amongst the weed, beside the Swing Bridge, as the river level dropped with the outgoing tide.

Not sure whats gannin on here, but looks like a bonfire being built on the wooden Dunston Staithes, but wait a mo, just done google search and its an art installation

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Painted Lady

My Butterfly Quest had ground to a halt with only the off chance of a sighting of a migrant Painted Lady or Clouded Yellow remaining.
At Druridge Pools today I was stunned by the high numbers of Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Wall, Comma, and Small, Large, Green veined White on the small areas of flowering thistle which remain.
So you can imagine my pleasure whilst watching these as a Painted Lady passed over my shoulder from behind and landed three feet in front me for my 35th addition to my Quest total.
Another feeding on teazel provided ample chance for more pics.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Smart spiders in the garden frame today

Not sure if these below are same species as above. This below is quite a good jumper.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Colour ring Godwit

Today there was three Black tailed Godwit on Shibdon Pond and one of them being colour ringed.
Bird's left tibia- yellow, white with number 8
Bird's right tibia- white, red.
Could not see any rings below joint

Have sent the sighting onward

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Seems a bit late

Since last autumn, the Goldfinch have been one of the most regular visitors to the back garden feeders. Over the last couple of weeks the visits have become less frequent so I thought they will be taking advantage of the thistle seed crop out in the hedgerows.
So I was surprised to see this one making repeated trips, this morning, to gather some sheep's  wool which I put out in the spring

Monday, 28 July 2014

Can't be bad

Despite there being no sign of Painted Lady butterfly in my wanderings up the coast today, there were some uplifting glimpses of others along the way.

There is a Grayling in this last image, a master of disguise in rough ground

Friday, 25 July 2014

Here and there

A couple of days drifting around brought a few nice sightings.
Green-veined White taking minerals on board

Lizard taking solar gain

Swallow sitting tight

Dunlin pit stop as they move south