• An Eider by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Redstart by Alan Jack
  • Yellow-browed Warbler
    Yellow-browed Warbler by Alan Curry
  • A Redwing from the Wallsend Parks by Paul Buskin
  • A Jack Snipe from Druridge Pools in May 2017 by Hector Galley
  • Siberian Accentor by Alan Jack
  • A Lapland Bunting from St Mary's by Paul Buskin
  • A Barnacle Goose by Adriana Buskin
  • A Brent Goose by Alan Curry
  • A Waxwing from Ashington by Paul Buskin

Sightings

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Following the exciting sighting last weekend of a pair of Bee Eaters flying over East Chevington, one of possibly this pair was discovered this morning hawking for insects at Druridge Pools. Present from early morning to at least 1pm, this stunning visitor from Southern Europe provided an excellent show for the gathering crowd, catching insects mid-air and perching on nearby bush-tops. Calling occasionally, this represents a County “life tick” for almost all the watchers present and is the first Bee Eater to linger long enough for people to add it to their lists! A stunning creature indeed! ( a Short Eared Owl drifted over quite high as I watched the Bee Eater).

A.S.Jack

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A bird glimpsed on a track at St. Mary’s on the morning of 27 th was later identified from a photo as a Nightjar.It was thought to have left the area. I arrived in the afternoon in the hope of finding the bird had perhaps roosted among the trees and bushes surrounding the wetland area. My hunch was right as I located the Nightjar dozing on bare ground under a small bush.


On seeing me it flew and could not be found. I wondered if it might return to it’s chosen roost site and indeed it had when I checked there once more. It did fly however once again, as a lady had unwittingly flushed it. Gladly though, it once again came back to the exact same spot.

 

I called a few locals and put out the news of what is the third area record of the species in only the past decade. It remained under the bush affording superb views to the small assembled crowd.

The Nightjar was I thought a juvenile or female bird showing no white on the lower throat as in the male and no white in the wings or tail corners when in flight. The bird appeared to depart that evening despite wet conditions.

A.S.Jack

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The juv Long-tailed Skua from Goswick this morning.

Graham Sorrie

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There are 16 Ruff at Grindon Lough at the moment.

Paul Massey

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68 Med Gulls in village bay, Newbiggin this morning and 2 Wheatear in the car park.

Steve Holliday

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First 2 Brambling of autumn up here. Breezy SEasterly not helping migrant search.

Chris Knox

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There was an outgoing Wheatear on the Carr this morning. Also pairs of Stonechat, Goldcrest and plenty of Skylark movement.

Peter Fletcher

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There was a Juv Little Stint at Cresswell Pond today.

Jonathan Farooqi

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Two Barnacle Geese, my first of the autumn, at Widdrington Moor Lake today. Also 900 Pink-footed Geese.

Mark Eaton

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Two Curlew Sandpipers flew over the Budge Fields this morning.

Jonathan Farooqi 

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We watched a juvenile American Golden Plover on Holy Island this morning.

It was with the large Golden Plover flock on the mudflats south of the main car park and we saw it closely for over an hour, allowing us to see all the diagnostic features.

I’ve seen the species before many times in the UK and in North America.

Brin Best

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Yellow Wagtail the best on offer at Newbiggin this morning. Also, 2 Shoveler N, 1 Manxie S

Missed 3 LT Skua

Gary Storey 

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A Black-necked Grebe was still on East Chevington North Pool  today with over thirty Pintails, 33 Black-tailed Godwits & Swift.

Paul Massey

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Quiet WeBS at Castle Island. Water levels are up. C/r Little Egret- a Lincs bird?

Swift 2, White Wagtail, Otter. 5 Swifts at West Hartford

Steve Holliday 

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There was a Juv Curlew Sandpiper and  & four juv Little Stint at Beal Point, Lindisfarne today.

Other birds present included  24 Ruff, 12 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel & 872 PB Brent Geese.

Paul Massey

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Two juvenile Curlew Sandpipers were at Seaton Point today, which were my first of the autumn.

Clive Saunders

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There was a  smart immature Red-necked Grebe showing nicely with the scoters off Druridge Links this afternoon.

Jonathan Farooqi

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Another site record count !!! , There were 18 Little Egret at Budle Bay today.  Other birds present included Spotted Redshank,  Greenshank and four  Black tailed Godwits and Med Gulls.  I also noted the first of autumns Wigeon.

Chris Knox

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A Great White Egret flew south from the road bridge over the Aln at Alnmouth at 9.00am today.

Ken and Linda Smith,
on holiday here from Chichester.

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There were 87 Black-tailed Godwits on the Aln Estuary, Northumberland, this morning.  Unprecedented!  There were also 3 Greenshank, 3 Little Egret and a Kingfisher.

Tom Cadwallender

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There was Black Tern and Roseate Tern in the roost at Beacon Point at  10:20 am this morning.

Steve Holliday 

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Today I found 2 Juv Pectoral Sandpipers together from the Budge Screen!

Other birds present included a Juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and Greenshank.

Jonathan Farooqi

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A Water Rail chick was at Gosforth Park today. Other birds present included Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, and still 1 or 2 Reed Warblers.

M.P.Frankis 

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I always enjoy my walks around Exhibition Park, in the centre of Newcastle.  This month has been particularly good with the presence of some spring/summer migrants stopping off for a short time on their way to their winter homes.

A Spotted Flycatcher was still present this afternoon.  It has now been present for at least three weeks; still to the left of the lake, high above in the trees. I rarely am lucky to enjoy this exciting flycatcher in Newcastle.

No sign of the Redstarts which have been around, however the nearby trees continue to be alive with dozens of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.  Amazing to see so many in one place. At least one Garden Warbler remained in the area.

Not far, close to the visiting Chinese circus, making good use of local wooden fences, a Wheatear was relaxing in the sun, on the Newcastle Town Moor. No sign of any Whinchat’s today, however 1-2 had been in the area over the past few days.

Paul Buskin

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A Cory’s Shearwater flew north past Church Point at Newbiggin today. It was very close inshore!

There were also some Balearic Shearwaters seen passing Newbiggin by others at 19:15 and 19:28.

Jonathan Farooqi 

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The Caspian Gull: PKCS still doing its thing in Amble Harbour tonight.  It was nice to see it for the 3rd consecutive year!

Jack Bucknall 

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