• An Eider by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Redstart by Alan Jack
  • A Bee-eater at Druridge Pools in October 2017 by Tim Dean
  • 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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A first winter Glaucous Gull was part of a feeding throng today at the Yacht Club at Blyth Harbour. Unfortunately, no sign of the recent Iceland Gulls though.

A.S.Jack

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A still, sunny but very cold day with snow covering all the hills and fields greeted my arrival at the moorland west of Alnwick. A Raven was the first bird seen, as it glided by, calling. A pair of Crossbills also called in flight and rather surprisingly at this altitude, eight Meadow Pipits fed in snow free areas where cattle had been at a trough. The vast majority of the upland population of these Pipits head in autumn for warmer climes in central/southern Spain, but small numbers do remain in the county in mild winters, where most make for the coast. Another hardy bird was a female Stonechat, pouncing onto snow free patches to find scarce insects, from a sunny, south facing wall perch at the Brizlee Wood radar station. Here another Raven arrived and landed, calling on a wall. The walls were popular too with many of the Red Grouse here, seeming to prefer not to stand in the snow below. At least 25 were seen in the area. Their constant calls could be heard. Even with the temperature gauge showing a meagre 2 degrees, the brilliant sun and clear blue skies tempted 5 Common Buzzards into soaring above the station and a third Raven arrived. The main target I had come to hopefully see, was a Hen Harrier that has been seen in the area recently. After several hours of looking, the ringtail Harrier put in an appearance hunting the fell south east of the station, but was all too brief as it glided out of view. All told, a good day with stunning views of a snow covered landscape, the Cheviots looking amazing! A.S.Jack.

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A few photos of the recent Mealy Redpoll found feeding on weed seeds on a small patch of “waste ground” at North Shields Quay.A Glaucous Gull also seen intermittently along the river and still present on 26/12/17. At nearby Northumberland Park, a Firecrest has been seen on several dates during early December. Up to seven Purple Sandpipers are frequenting Tynemouth pier area.

A.S.Jack

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4 RN Parakeets just brightened up Shields Rd, Byker, flew low NW at 13.15.

Chris Knox

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Grey Phalarope distant off Chibburn Mouth Druridge Bay, amongst BH Gulls. Also 2 LT Duck, & 52 Twite on beach.

Mark Eaton

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Chiffchaff happily flycatching at East Chev despite hard frost and snow on distant Cheviot.

Mark Eaton

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26 Purple Sandpipers at a bitterly cold North Blyth this morning, my highest count here for many a year.

Steve Holliday 

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Gull roost at Derwent Reservoir still quite small so far this winter. 6,300+ Common Gull, 3,200+ Black-headed Gull, 15 GBBGull, 6 Herring Gull & 2ad L B b Gull.  Female Merlin too.

3 Whooper Swan (2 ads & juv), Ruff & 12 Dunlin Grindon Lough.

Green Sandpiper & 1st-wt Lesser Black-backed Gull Whittle Dene Reservoirs

Paul Massey

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13 Mediterranean Gulls resting on the Academy playing fields, Newbiggin this morning.

Steve Holliday 

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10 or more Parakeets at Nuns Moor this afternoon.

Peter Fletcher

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Ad Med Gull at Wallsend Swallow this pm.

Chris Knox 

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Slavonian Grebe and Long-tailed Duck on East Chevington 10.45.

Steve Holliday 

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There were Big flocks of Redpolls 300 + between Hepscott and Bothal today.

Neil Cairns

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Single Hawfinch seen & heard in Wark by the school.

Paul Massey

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This Little Auk arrived from the south before landing in a large rock pool on Snab Point this afternoon….

Johnathan Farooqi 

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There were four very tame Snow Buntings on the rocks just over the third green on the golf course today. There was also a possible Twite flock and one Grey Plover amongst the regular waders feeding.

Neil Cairns

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37 Med Gulls in village bay, Newbiggin inc 4 c/ringed.

Steve Holliday 

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Shorelark at East Chevington burn mouth this morning. 40+ Twite plus Marsh Harrier south mile out to sea.

Rob Stonehouse

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2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull at Budle Bay.

Chris Knox

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Finally found our first Yellow-browed Warbler of the autumn this afternoon in the scrub on the W side of the road just south of Snab Point.

Jonathan Farooqi

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Goosander on the River Aln at Alnmouth, Northumberland.

Tom Cadwallender

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Still at least one Todd’s Canada with Greylag at Budle Bay.

Chris Knox 

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Another wonderful October but totally different mix  to last year. Janet had caught up with the Little Bunting at Newton yesterday whilst I was minding my son’s computer shop. Out though this morning and struck lucky as Stewart Sexton & John Rutter had just found it feeding on edge of last sycamore east of ‘tin church’. They had spent two hours looking so good timing on our part. It proceeded to show really well but it’s strange stop / start movements meant that it went undetected whilst not moving. Seen in afternoon as well so hopefully may stay.

Tim & Janet Dean

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At Bothal Pond this morning,  there were 6 adult Whooper Swans at 9am

Neil Cairns

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Druridge Pools hits a purple patch as hot on the tails of the Red-necked Phalarope, Cetti’s & Barred Warblers came a European Bee-eater which thankfully was found early morning and remained through to 1pm before flying off West. The first twitchable for most county birders after two seen recently briefly over East Chevington. Also a Short-eared owl seen high over the pools presumably having just made landfall.

Tim Dean

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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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