thought i'd finish my teeside trip off, started off at dormans pool where i ticked smew off (1 drake 2 duck), then had a look for bean goose at cowpen marsh but no sign, then had a gull watch at seaton common where i ticked off juv glaucous gull and 2nd winter caspian gull, then it was back to gods country (gateshead) before my car was ready to be picked up, checked the tyne and shibdon before heading off home. i was very pleased with the the last day of jan, considering how the rest of the month went :) 4 bou year ticks were, smew-glaucous gull-caspian gull-great crested grebe.
after only putting the feeders back out a week ago, numbers of common birds visiting my feeding stations have shot up today, here's today's list :-
long tailed tit 10+
coal tit 3
blue tit 20+
great tit 20+
willow tit 2
wood pigeon 4
stock dove 2
bullfinch 1 new for garden year list
siskin 1 although 20+ did come into garden and flew off
gs woodpecker 1
not a bad day garden watching, i almost forgot about the peregrine (new gateshead and bou tick) i had at burdon moor! also skylark and 50+ golden plover.
a couple of hours walk around the derwent valley with tilly this am (just the usual stuff), then back to the garden for a spot serious birding :) managed to get a British year tick from my garden 1000+ golden plover flying above fields next to hollinside manor, also managed to tick willow tit x 2 on my bird tables and 2 white doves which were a first. overall it was a bit quiet at the feeders today with only treecreeper-coal tit-blue tit-robin-blackbird-great tit-dunnock-jay x 2-stock dove-wood pigeon-white dove-willow tit-chaffinch-nuthatch-lt tit coming into the garden, the numbers of common birds was low. flyovers included carrion crow-feral pigeon-bh gull-golden plover-redwing-magpie-buzzard-siskin-gs woodpecker-herring gull-jackdaw-house sparrow-song thrush, 27 species seen. here's a few photo's of my feeding stations and birds.
it all started off good aswell, had 11+ ring necked parakeets within 5 mins of entering ward jackson park this am :) headed off to jacksons landing for the black throated diver, there was no sign of the diver in the harbour so i decided to have a walk around in search, spent about 15mins looking but no sign :( so when i got back to the car my fob wouldn't open the doors, so i tried to open the door manually and to my horror the key snapped inside the lock! my greenflag details were inside the car with my money, good job i didn't leave my phone in aswell. i had to call my parents to go to mine and collect my spare keys, then drive to hartlepool, a journey that would only take 45 mins took over 2 hours due to the A19 closed because of a crash :( i was freezing by the time they arrived, i eventually got the doors open :) we all went for a coffee so i could warm up and book the car in to be fixed tomorrow. whilst waiting the bt diver and the Slav grebe both turned up and gave cracking views, i then went to dormarns pool to try for the green winged teal but no sign, but i'm not surprised after the days misfortune :( i did manage 5 new bou ticks for the day and here they are:-
ring necked parakeet
black throated diver
Letas hope i have a bit more luck on my next outing!!! lol
Went to holy island today to twitch a cattle egret, although having seen 2 in Britain i thought its was a good enough reason to have a trip up to Northumberland for a days birding. wasn't long before i was off the mark with a bou tick, barn owl was hunting the fields at beal :) then the pager went ''Cattle egret still at crooked lonnen'' off i went, it only took a few minutes before i was onto the egret, cracking bird :). next i decided to have a nice easy drive down the coast ticking off a few birds on the way, not before stopping to give tilly a quick dip in the sea, rather her than me! ended the day on 69 species 27 of which were new for my bou year list, here's my day list, can't believe i didn't get blue or great tits! next day trip will be teeside sometime this week, target birds green winged teal-black throated diver-caspian gull.
Had a single treecreeper (39) in the garden this morning, a single redwing feeding on apples. Topped up the feeders aswell ready for some action, within minutes a jay showed up to grab the peanuts on the bird table, followed by a tribe of long tailed tits on fat balls. I'll have another viewing session this afternoon :)
here we go, another list to do :) this is my 2013 garden list so far, this list will include flyovers ;) this list is not in the order they were seen, added song thrush and goosander today (2 flew up river m+f)
2 grey heron
3 mute swan
6 red kite
8 common buzzard
10 common gull
11 bh gull
12 herring gull
13 collard dove
14 feral pigeon
15 stock dove
16 wood pigeon
17 tawny owl
18 gs woodpecker
24 song thrush
25 mistle thrush
26 long tailed tit
27 coal tit
28 blue tit
29 great tit
35 carrion crow
2 woodcock yesterday and 3 fieldfare, 50 + redwing near the hide. hope this snow goes soon! stuck indoors most days, so i'm going to keep a garden list :) just for something to do, i'll post my 2013 list soon.
Had a trip to Birtley sewage works this morning before the snow was due, a lot of birds feeding around the settling pans, 20+reed buntings (80) 2 skylarks (81) 12 greylag geese flew over (82) 50+ meadow pipits, 50 + pied wagtails, 6 grey wagtails, 30+bh gulls, 50+ corvids, 20+ magpies, 2 siskin. Was about to go to reed beds and then the snow arrived and the fun ended :( i might own a 4x4, but it was time to call it a day, i can always go birding tomorrow ;) lol. Not a bad couple of hours out.
Cracking days birding with the centurion today, 3 new ticks were 5 meadow pipits-2 grey wagtails-woodcock (gateshead list 79). Mipits and grey wags were on the settling pans at far pastures which also held 2 chiffchaffs-goldcrest-10+pied wags-5 robins, great place to check when there is a covering of snow, woodcock was in the outlet stream at far pastures.
9:50pm and gave tilly her last walk, when i flushed the resident tawny owl (76) from one of the oak's which align my driveway :) my cottage is joined onto a wood and i was planning a walk in the morning to check the nest hole for a roosting tawny, no need to now. just need to look for woodcock now, all this snow might bring them out into the open? fingers crossed i get one.
3 new gateshead ticks today from the comfort of my warm 4x4, couldnt get out for a walk around today in the snow :( started at bradley fell where the farmer has put out feeders 20+ tree sparrows, 20 + yellowhammers were the stars of the show, both were new for this year. Had another brambling in hedge at kibblesworth grange. 50+ house sparrows were at riding lane farm, finished off at the gull roost where 3000+ gulls came in to roost on vickers roof, still nothing interesting with them. A trip to the landfill will be tomorrows outing, wheres the caspo!
72 tree sparrow
74 house sparrow
Quick look on ravensworth fell this afternoon produced a short eared owl (gateshead 71) hunting over fields, then went to gull roost on vickers roof tops where 5000+ gulls came into roost. Couldnt find any caspians or white winged gulls before the light faded, well theres always tomorrow:) its only a matter of time before a rare gull turns up in gateshead?
Thought i'd set myself some birdwatching targets, 2012 was a great year in gateshead for me :) 146 species i recorded, breaking the previous record by 3. In the process i managed to record my lowest ever british list 225 :( my best been 277 in a year, but i did manage to add 19 new species to my life list :). So my 2013 targets are gateshead year 140 - british year 251 - british lifers 20, ive decided to have a few weekends away and days out to notch up a few british ticks, first day out will be teeside, with birds on offer such as - green winged teal - caspian gull - red necked grebe - black throated diver - smew - spotted redshank, good chance of been joined by the dragon hunter himself? As he still needs red necked grebe. Might try a quick look in northumberland soon aswell as bean goose and iceland gull are on offer.
Not much to report from todays outing :( met up with the dragon hunter on his new quest, 100 species of vertebrate in 100 days! Hence the name of the blog centurion2013.blogspot.com. good luck centurion :) check out his blog for a good read.Check out these great local blogs aswell thedragonhunter.blogspot.co.uk and gatesheadbirder.blogspot.co.uk . I'll be adding a links page to this blog soon with sites of interest in gateshead, so if anyone knows or has a local blog or website which they would like to appear on this blog, just send me an email with details.
12 wigeon, 2 gooseander at sled lane along with 9 tufted duck, 150+ fieldfare at kibblesworth grange feeding in field. No sign of seo yesterday, had a call from another friend who had some waxwings at shibdon today, no sign of them neither :( dont worry my luck will change and i'll have something good to post soon, along with some photos lol. Will also be due a day out of gateshead soon, some come back to see how my british year and life list is coming along.
Gateshead year list 70
British year list 70
British life list 346 - latest tick - little bunting
Had a walk around giside this morning, 28 species recorded, no crossbills though! 3 new year ticks were a flyover brambling, collard dove and a dipper on the river. Just had a call from a friend, he's found a short eared owl in gateshead! Lets hope its still hunting the area when i arrive?
What with chiffchaffs and lesser blacked backed gulls, displaying swans, mating ducks and mild temps! It could almost be mistaken for spring. Should speak to soon though, still time for arctic conditions yet :(
2000+ large gulls at the landfill site today, i found a new viewing point where you can get a full view of the landfill site, only find today was 2 adult lesser black backed gulls (year tick). i got another 3 year ticks at watergate park, tufted duck, lesser redpoll and a green woodpecker put on a good show, shame about the light conditions for photos though.
year list stands at 65.