November 27, 2017

Selected highlights from around the County today

 John from Shields was in just the right spot to go eyeball to eyeball with this young Peregrine (300mm lens)

There was another sighting of the Teesmouth Shorelarks crossing the river - 4 birds left South Gare at 09:40 (KC...

November 25, 2017

 Greyhens in Weardale image by Dave Brown

Some local movements of wildfowl & waders were evident after the recent heavy rain followed by a sharp freeze. Black tailed Godwit appeared on Boldon Flats, 3Whoopers were at Bish Middleham & 4 Shoveller at Lyons Park.

Blackh...

November 24, 2017

Well, what a difference a full day of sunshine makes - Loads of Bird News from across the County today.

First news this morning was of 4Whoopers sw over Whitburn(KDs) & a further 3 adults in-off at the now well watched Blackhall beat (RR), which continued its good run,...

November 22, 2017

a day of much rain & few birds

A first winter Iceland Gull was present on Boldon Flats 08:30 (MV) & its larger cousin, a juv Glaucous Gull headed south past Whitburn Obs around the same time.

Large numbers of wind assisted white-winged gulls have turned up on the norther...

November 21, 2017

 Whooper Swan image by G.Blackett

A couple of fresh additions today, confirming some of our winter birds are still arriving.

Low Barns held a newly arrived Whooper Swan as well as 5Goosander, 2L.Egrets & Water Rail

Small no's of non breeding diving ducks appearing, w...

November 20, 2017

 male GSW takes a drink - image Tippa Laurie

2Little Auks & a GNDiver went past at Whitburn as did a skein of 70+ Pink footed Geese. Shields Snowbuntings still numbered 4, but NTees Shorelark dropped by one to 3birds.

minimum of 7 Stonechat on Seaton Common, with the sam...

November 19, 2017

 GND image by Brian Smith

Great Northern Diver,  Red Kite, 120Pink feet & 8Whooper Swan - Derwent Res (GT / GB / BS)

A small number of Whooper Swans were also on the move today with 4 East over Middlestone St.George & a dozen were noisily heading South over Copt Hill Hou...

November 18, 2017

A fresh start to the weekend from Gateshead boroughs high ground, Steve Fryer was up on Barlow Fell early doors noting Barn & Tawny Owl, along with 20+Tree Sparrow & 50Skylark. 

The dedicated sea-watchers at Whitburn Obs also got off to a good early start with a juv...

November 17, 2017

A touch of ice had 4Water Rails out & active at Hetton Bogs (M.Heron) - one of the most reliable sites in the County to observe these often elusive & skittish birds. A further 2 seen today at both Lyons Pk & Rainton close by.

 Water Rail image by M.Heron.

Ot...

November 16, 2017

North Gare - 4Shorelarks remain

Hartlepool - 65+Purple Sandpiper

Seaton Snook - Merlin & 65Twite

Shields - 3Snow Bunting

Rainton - 3Pochard 2Little Egret

Chilton Moor - 2Green Sand

Saltholme - Green Sand, Marsh Harrier, 2GWEgret

Browney Valley - 60Fieldfare, Kingfisher, 3Buzz...

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