• An Eider by Adriana Buskin
  • A Cuckoo by Tim Dean
  • A Swallow by Alan Jack
  • A Whitethroat by Alan Jack
  • A Garden Warbler by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow
  • A Willow Tit by Paul Buskin

Sightings

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11 Brambling still feeding in the garden this morning, Cramlington – getting late now…

Drake Scaup (a hybrid aythya type!) on Arcot Pond 09:55.

Steve Holliday 

    

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A  shot of the Great Grey Shrike at Prestwick Carr, taken yesterday evening…

Jonathan Farooqi

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Great day out on the Northumberland/ Durham border. Lots of Red Grouse displaying and both Golden Plovers and Peewits all very very close to the roadside areas. Curlews remained distant though. Black headed Gull colony nearby now a hype of activity. A Kestrel and a three Buzzards seen driving back.

Neil Cairns

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A Black-throated Thrush was found at Prestwick this afternoon. Superb bird.

Lee Harris

  

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The Great Grey Shrike is still present at Prestwick Carr.  There was also a Green Woodpecker yaffling from the wood.

Peter Fletcher 

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There were three Velvet Scoter showing well quite close inshore of Druridge Links today.

There was also at least one Velvet Scoter offshore to the south of Chevington burn mouth. 4 Shore Larks still present also.

Jonathan Farooqi

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Out to Gosforth Park this morning hoping for the Ferruginous Duck found yesterday evening by Phil Jordan. Day permits at £3.50 are being issued to any non members of NHSN. After a short wait from the main hide it appeared out of the reeds and showed well though distantly. A cracking bird, though may well prove to be the drake from Washington WWT which does not seem to be present now. Also the open wing looks very similar with a white notch showing where a covert feather seems out of place or not fully grown.

Have also included here a recent Short-eared Owl pic from Widdrington Moor Lake on 10th March. Not sure if these birds are still present though up to five seen here recently.

P.S. Had confirmation by the observer Ian Dobson that the House Martin seen on Holy Island on 11th March was definitely genuine and becomes the earliest for the county by two days beating one at Ulgham in 1989. Also another House Martin seen today at East Chevington by Dave Elliott so an unusual early passage with several already in Scotland.

Tim Dean


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Five Snow Bunting were showing beautifully, along with 2 Shorelark and a single Twite at East Chevington today.

Cain Scrimgeour

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There were up to 27 Waxwings close to the A1058 Coast Road, 300m west of the Corner House pub; near edge of Armstrong Park.

M.P.Frankis

    

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A Chiffchaff was in full song at the  SE corner of Arcot Pond today.

There was also a female Goosander

Lindsay McDougall

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61 Whooper Swans were at Longhirst Flash.

There was a Moulty Slavonian Grebe off Chevington Burn mouth + Snow Bunting still.   Twite over & Shore Larks appeared to fly inland earlier in the day.

A Chiffchaff was singing at Chevington and there were  5 Whoopers distantly to SW.

Jonathan Farooqi

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Counted 9 Waxwings at the old Coulson Park School on Alexandra Road in Ashington. Seem quite settled enjoying the sunshine at approx 1pm.

Neil Cairns

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The day started at a very quiet North Shields Fish Quay where only a handful of Herring Gulls were present. I decided to then head up the coast starting at Druridge Pools where I year-ticked the wintering Ruff – still present with Redshank. Widdrington Moor and Cresswell were quiet, so I again moved on to Newbiggin, where at least 5 adult and 3 juvenile Med Gulls showed particularly well in the Bay.

I finished at NSFQ, enjoying 20 Waxwing on the way at Tynemouth, all which briefly showed well for around 2 minutes then they were gone!

A final stop at the fish quay provided the regular juvenile Glaucous and Iceland Gulls. Sand Martin and Wheatear any day now…

Jack Bucknall

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There were 2 “Tundra” Bean Geese at Hoppen Kiln this am; nearby a Spotted Redshank was still at Budle Bay + Pintail and Little Egret.

Chris Knox

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There was a Little Egret, a Med Gull and Buzzard at Wallsend Swallow this afternoon.

Chris Knox

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There were three competing singing Yellowhammers on Beacon Lane Cramlington this morning. Always a favourite.

Steve Holliday

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The Great Grey Shrike was still present at Prestwick Carr east of the sentry box.

Peter Fletcher 

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Ad Iceland Gull again Wallsend Swallow Pond. (per AC)

Chris Knox

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A single Little Egret was on Sharpley Burn this afternoon, 100m east of Great Whittington. Close to junction of minor roads from Matfen and Ryal to Gt Whittington.

Alan L Todd

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A Little Egret has been seen most days at Wallsend Swallow Pond.

Chris Knox

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A Grey Wagtail from Jesmond Dene this morning.

M.P.Frankis

 

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Continued entertainment today from the one remaining juv. Glaucous Gull and stunning Iceland Gull.

A.S.Jack

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An Adult Iceland Gull was again Wallsend Swallow Pond this weekend.

On the 18th a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Tynemouth/North Shields in the wood between Low Lights and Knott’s Flats, + 2 Chiffchaff (per DW )

Chris Knox

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More Rock Pipit excitement outside @Natures_Voice Newcastle office today.

Mark Eaton

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A handsome Great White Egret was tucked into the north east corner of Hallington Reservoir East today – near where Hallington Burn joins the reservoir.

Richard Lee

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Tracked down 18 Mediterranean Gulls around Newbiggin, including one with a nice hood.

Steve Holliday

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