Thursday, 19 October 2017

A taste of the Med.

An unexpected catch back on the few fortunate to be at East Chevington last weekend, with a mid afternoon re-visit of Bee-eater to Druridge!

Initially not present, the bird flew back in from the north calling to announce its presence as heavy rain subsided. A second county tick for me in a week, following Cetti's Warbler at East Chevington.

Only had my Bins, but not long after folk arrived with scopes, and then finally, Ian Fisher, who kindly lent me a memory card to take some of my own pics through his camera...

The Crowd, The Sun, The Tree, The Bee-eater!

iPhone and Bins

iPhone and handheld telescope


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Unusual Suspects

Wednesdays ' commute home from work was abnormal, with a diversion to Ryhope to see the Scop's Owl that had been found earlier in the day. Armed with only my iPhone, I was dependant upon others generosity to view through optics...

Great view all considering, and perhaps a venture back should the owl remain.

Nearer home, on the return journey, another unanticipated bird - a nightjar - at St Mary's. Still without any optics of my own, other folks Scope's were put to use, even though the subject was roosting a mere few feet away!

Saturday saw a trip north - this time armed with camera and scope...

Goswick GC has held an obliging immature Long-tailed Skua this week - and some crippling views were obtained. Seems this bird has taken a fancy to try and eat golf balls - pecking furiously! Yellow-browed Warbler also present.

The return journey saw a pit stop at Stag Rocks, where only one of the Black Terns was picked up offshore - thankfully for me it was the White-winged.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Time has been a premium lately...

Ruddy Duck - May, Northumberland (iPhone)

Great White Egret - June, Newton-by-the-Sea (iPhone)

A week away... Portugal...

Then back in the County - and an elusive County Tick for me...

Night Heron, Whittle Dene (iPhone)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Revisit, Float, Dip.

Popped back to Lynemouth -en-route to Seahouses for an attempt at Serin, a County mega. 

Citrine Wagtail still performing well... images here are from Friday though.

Meanwhile on the Farnes... no sign of the Serin, but plenty of these fellas'


Incredible views... more images later.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

The weekend so far

Catch up with some returning migrants in the north-east - inland for swift, pied flycatcher, tree pipit, wood warbler, redstart, ring ouzel...

and always nice to see...