Sunday, 12 March 2017

Greenleighton Moor and Fontburn

The plan was to hunt for basking Adders on Sunday morning but by the time I drove to Fontburn the sun had almost gone. However its a nice place to be so I set off to walk along the North shore. Sparrowhawk and Fieldfare were the first birds to note. There were around 20 Canada geese in the adjacent field. While skirting the head of the reservoir, Newbiggin Farm provided a view worth a sketching attempt.

 Three Buzzard and one Raven flew over calling strongly. As I approached a feeder stream another pair of Buzzard flew overhead.

As soon as I reached the stream I caught sight of a Dipper. Then I realised there was another close by.
One of them adopted a pose of pointing its bill vertically skyward whenever the other approached. Don't know what that was all about. Perhaps a mating routine. They stayed close together for the time I watched.

A later walk through Greenleighton Moor Quarry provided a nice surprise with a Peregrine on the hunt

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

St. Wilfrid's Church, Kirkharle

Just a short wander around Kirkharle this morning. Bright sunshine but still a few hailstone surviving in the shadows.
Did a pencil sketch of St. Wilfrid's Church, but it was a bit too chilly to add some watercolour on the spot,  I did so at home.

It was very quiet on the bird front with only Buzzard, Kestrel and the usual hedgerow occupants.
Good to see that there are still some country crafts being practised

and there were some nice views to take in

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Show Off

Went to Primrose LNR to see this little cracker.
Could not see it at first, then it swam out in front of me and crikey, any duck to place itself between us was given the heave ho, as it paraded to and fro.

Whatever its history its a remarkable creature.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Up the Coast, again.

Crikey, its along time since I was last here, Blogger I mean.
This morning took me to East Chevington to view the Twite flock of around fourty birds. They were feeding at the edge of the dunes along with Shorelark, Turnstones, Sanderling and Pied Wagtail. Myself and John @sedgywarbler parked ourselves at the dune edge and the birds came to within five or six paces. A delight to see.

A quick visit to Druridge Bay CP for a look at the Pacific Diver which was showing close up in the North east corner.

Earlier Tom @TomCadwallender was telling me about a decent size flock of Purple Sandpiper on Coquet Island, so thought I'd get as near as I could without paddling and sure enough there were a couple on rock ends off Hauxley.

Ten Grey Plover were nice to see. Bit of bother behind.

The North Sea was like glass. Magic moments.