December 23, 2017

Saturday 16th

A Lapland Bunting was noted all week at Newburn

 Lap Bunting image by Ian Forest

Barn Owl (GS) at ShibdonPond Gateshead reminded us of 3 species of owls seen back in Nov 1988, when Barn, Tawny & Long-eared Owls all roosted on site in adjacent trees. A couple...

December 15, 2017

This weeks undoubted highlight was the Two barred Crossbill, described in the previous blog entry.

A number of observers followed up on this over the next few days - but sadly no further sightings yet.... hopefully this bird, & perhaps some Parrot Crossbill will be unco...

December 12, 2017

Monday 11th December 2017

An amazing record of a Stunning adult male Two-barred Crossbill found by Mike Wood in the west end of Hamsterley Forest feeding with Common Crossbills at grid-ref NZ 031 280,  approx 1km south-east of Neighbour Moor House.

 (internet image Two-b...

December 8, 2017

 South Shields was the place to be this week, with an excellent selection of winter species, the following images by  local patchers Stuart Thompson / Laurence Younger :-

Grey Phalarope (StuT)

 Slavonian Grebe(StuT)

 Glaucous Gull(StuT)

 Phalarope feeding(StuT)

 Drake...

December 1, 2017

 Festive Robin by M.Heron

An Arctic blast this week with cold & snow has seen a plethora of activity at various feeding stations around the County.

Hetton Bogs as popular as ever for the showy Rails & Willow Tits.

Whooper Swans took advantage of the tail wind to continue...

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