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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Birthday Birding

No luck with a birthday mega this morning but a nice fall of migrants at the Water Tower, ARC Pit.

ARC Pits (Dungeness), 08:00 to 10:00, Water Tower pines
1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Sand Martin (With Swallows), 1 Robin, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Blackcap, c50 Chiffchaff (with Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits.), 1 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Brambling (almost taken by a Sparrowhawk).

Lydd Ranges, 12:00
2 Whinchat (1 Dengemarsh Gully, 1 Galloways), 5 Wheatear (4 Dengemarsh Gully, 1 Galloways).

Spotted Flycatcher (one of two) plus flying Blue Tit

2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers

Pictures from the North East

Angela and myself spent an enjoyable 5 days staying with her parents on Tyneside (9th to 14th Sept). It was nice to catch up with her relatives and see some of the landmarks in the north east - The Angel of the North, Tyne Bridges, Whitley Bay and Marsden Rock.

We also managed to head into Northumberland and visit some of the coastal areas.

St.Mary's Island - Whitley Bay
Bamburgh Castle

Eider - one of 13 in Seahouses Harbour

Lounging around on the slipway

Final Eider shot

Inner Farne viewed from Bamburgh beach.

Spot the Gannet and juvenile Gull

Small Tortoiseshell by Bamburgh cricket pitch.

The Bamburgh Swallows were still feeding recently fledged young

Record shot of 1 of 2 Dippers seen on the River Tyne at Haydon Bridge. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Ringing @ Sandwich Bay

On Saturday morning (15th), Angela and myself headed down to Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory for the public ringing demonstration weekend, part of the '60 years of ringing at Sandwich Bay' celebrations. An interesting and enjoyable visit - especially for Angela who had not seen bird ringing before. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers for their information and help.

We saw JayGreen Woodpecker, male and female BlackcapsReed and Sedge WarblersChiffchaffsWillow Warblers and House Martins. While sitting outside having lunch, I spotted a Hobby catching insects overhead.

Male Blackcap

Juvenile House Martin

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Willow Warbler