• A Citrine Wagtail from Lynemouth Flash in May 2017 by Tom Cadwallender
  • A Temmminck's Stint from Castle Island in May 2017 by Jonathan Farooqi
  • A Jack Snipe from Druridge Pools in May 2017 by Hector Galley
  • A Yellow Wagtail from Druridge Pools by Paul Buskin
  • A Cuckoo by Tim Dean
  • An Eider by Adriana Buskin
  • A Swallow by Alan Jack
  • A Whitethroat by Alan Jack
  • A Garden Warbler from Holy Island by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow

Sightings

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18-20th August 2017 

Rutland Water Nature ReserveEgleton, Oakham, LE15 8BT.

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There was a Spotted Redshank, two Greenshanks and 3 Med Gulls at Budle Bay this afternoon.

Chris Knox

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Two adult Purple Sandpipers have been regular on Warkworth Pier during the last week. With a bit of patience today, I managed to get some photos.

Clive Saunders

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A White-rumped Sandpiper was still at St Mary’s Island at 11.50 am, but flew to distant rocks with a Dunlin flock.

Rob Stonehouse

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At Northumberlandia this morning, there was a Wheatear on passage and a Spotted Flycatcher in the wood near the06 cafe – my first on patch in 7 years

Steve Holliday 


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A Spotted Flycatcher was showing well with a Willow Tit, Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker juvenile.

Neil Cairns

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The Juvenile Night Heron at Whittle Dene eventually took to the wing but couldn’t find a good spot to feed. NQS shot

Peter Fletcher

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There were two Curlew Sandpipers and Two Little Stints close to the Causeway at Cresswell this afternoon.

Paul Buskin

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A Long-billed Dowitcher taking-off at Boulmer this afternoon.

Rob Stonehouse

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I counted 19 Mediterranean Gulls at Newbiggin today.

Steve Holliday

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There was a Ruddy Shelduck still at Budle Bay this evening.

Chris Knox

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Bird found yesterday. This afternoon it was seen on the beach at Seaton Point before relocating to the rocks north of Boulmer at high tide. Always distant and being chased along by the Saturday dog walkers and folks enjoying a fabulous day at the beach.

McPhillips and Saunders

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A Quail has just flown in front of me on Aln Estuary, Northumberland. Now that’s something you don’t see every day! Hear yes but…

Tom Cadwallender

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There were 2 Wood Sandpipers, a Ruff and Little Ringed Plover  at Druridge this afternoon.

Rob Stonehouse

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A lovely Summer morning found me visiting the tern colony at the Long Nanny, where the walk through the dunes revealed 2 pairs of Stonechats, each with 3 fledged youngsters.

This species gladly now well recovered from the decline after the harsh winters earlier this decade. Skylarks now into their last month of glorious song were much in evidence with many feeding along the grassy tracks here. Two above stopped me in my tracks for ten minutes of listening pleasure! Meadow Pipits were common with 30-40 seen, many display-flighting. The fields to the west held a post-breeding flock of around 80 Curlews.

 

Then as a Buzzard floated past, a pair of Kestrels were mobbed noisily by a large flock of Arctic Terns. The falcons having been predating the nesting tern colony on the beach, an annual problem here.

Arriving at the wardens hut, I was greeted by the noise of 1,800 nesting Arctic Terns (warden’s count). Many bringing in Sand Eels to their young . A few dead youngsters could be seen, a result of last week’s three days of rain and cold winds from the East. Great, close views of the terns can be had here.

Also nesting here is the rarer Little Tern, with this year 25 pairs, all incubating eggs and one hatched youngster at the moment. A small flock these birds were overhead, calling loudly as they circled in what seemed like play.  The warm sun and a riot of colourful wild flowers revealed many butterflies , with my first Dark Green Fritillaries of the year seen along with dozens of Common Blues, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns and Ringlets, Small Heath and Red Admirals.

On down to Boulmer, deciding to miss nearby Low Newton where shortly afterwards a splendid White Winged Black Tern was discovered! Another rare county visitor, once common, has been frequenting the weedy ground to the north of the village , a Corn Bunting and it showed well, singing constantly in  a vain attempt to attract a mate or establish a territory late into the summer!


A.S.Jack

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The summer plumaged adult White-winged Black Tern was showing very well on Newton scrape this morning. Having spent yesterday evening wandering around Druridge Bay in vain I was very pleased to finally photograph a summer adult at last.

Amazingly a different bird as eagle eyed Gary Woodburn noticed the whiter face on the Newton bird as opposed to the more pristine Druridge one. All photos heavily cropped due to distance but a stunning bird all the same. Also had the drake Scaup in Budle Bay that has been around for a while & a Whimbrel at Fenham le Moor. Managed to miss the Osprey that was seen at fenham le Moor this morning. A Hobby at Corby Crags between Alnwick & Rothbury was galling as only silhouette views from car and by time I had managed to pull in I only got a few seconds with bins. General jizz definitely a Hobby but I shall not be submitting to myself on those views!

Tim Dean

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A White winged Black Tern at Druridge Pools today,  gave us quite a run around but did do one close pass.

Peter Fletcher 

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There were 3 Wood Sandpipers at Backworth this afternoon.

Chris Knox

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There were 3 Spoonbills at Widdrington Moor Lake today.  There was also 1 Wood Sandpiper and a Whooper Swan.

Mark Eaton

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I observed a striking Glaucous Gull on the shoreline between Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle today. It’s brilliant white plumage meant it really stood out from the Gull flock.

Chris Chandler

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600+ Manx Shearwater logged past Newbiggin today (various Obs), Little Gull on village beach this evening.

Steve Holliday

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At Druridge Pools this morning, there were three Spoonbills, a Wood Sandpiper and 16 Black-tailed Godwits.

Jonathan Farooqi 

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Quail was singing at Wark (North Tyne) this morning – from fields W of village along Stonehaugh Road.  Also in Wark this morning: a pair of Tree Pipit, 3 pairs of Redstart (all feeding young) and four pairs of  Tree Sparrow.

Paul Massey 

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There were two Greenshank and 10 redshank on the Aln Estuary Northumberland today.

Tom Cadwallender

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A Great White Egret was at Newton Pool this afternoon and showing well.

Chris Knox 

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A drake Scaup was at Cresswell Pond in with Tufted Duck this afternoon.

Ross Moore 

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