Friday, 7 November 2014


Have spent a few hours over the last couple of days at Newbiggin. The first target was Little Auk with Snow Bunting also on the list.
Thursday morning was a bit 'caad' but I found a spot at the north end of the north bay for a low tide sea watch and shelter, but dipped on Auks. Those who know this point will be able to picture me facing the sea, looking for Auks with the golf course at my back.
I blanked so, I returned to the town for a coffee, scone and a twitter check.
Couldn't help laugh out loud to read a tweet from hour earlier that both Snow Bunting and Little Auks seen at Newbiggin with the Auks flying down the golf course behind me.
You couldn't make it up.
Refreshed I walked back up the cliff top path and was more than pleased to see a Snow Bunting

During all this it was fascinating to watch the groups of thrushes battling in off the sea to make landfall.
Today, despite this mornings rain I wanted to see what else may be about so it was back along the cliff top patch North.
Three individual sightings of Woodcock made the effort and soaking more than worthwhile.
Plenty of other interest also including large flock of Golden Plover

Thursday, 30 October 2014


I have to admit to a bit of panic when I realised this mornings thrush invasion was underway and I was at home. I had committed to doing some work on the garden pond and was determined to press on.
However whilst looking down trying to decide which pond plants to thin out I was amazed to see as a reflection, in the pond, of a large flock of thrushes passing above me. Many more were to appear.
One huge flock stretched from eastern skyline to western.
I guess this could  be one of them.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Panic over

With an increasing sense of panic that I alone would be the only soul not to have seen the Roker Olive-backed Pipit I went visiting this morning. Even after all the pin sharp pics seen to date it is without shame I offer--

...........and as a bonus a Lesser Whitethroat in a bush on the opposite side of the road. Thanks Steve.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Druridge Bay

There were good numbers of Sanderling along the edge of the surf today

Saturday, 11 October 2014


I can't quite make up my mind on the identification of this one seen at East Chevington this afternoon.

Any ideas will be appreciated

Now understand its a Chiffchaff

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Shore lark

While at East Chevington this afternoon, I saw on twitter that a Shore lark had been spotted at Druridge earlier in the day. So thought I'd give it a go.
Owwer the moon as they say.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Nice Places

A trip up the coast produced a few nice birds.
I wandered around the outside of the east side of the conifer plantation at the entrance to Druridge pools and spent a while just watching for any bird movement. A bird flew out of the trees toward me and perched on a fallen trunk.

I was pleased to see it was a Turtle Dove which after a short while flew off toward the farm development over the road.
Then a wander onto the beach where I could see a lot of divers quite close in on a dropping tide.
So  with a bit of plodging, had a try to grab a pic of a Red Throated diver

The remainder of the day produced some nice birds

Found it hard to leave with this view beyond Cresswell Pond