• 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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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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I was treated to a wonderful view of a pair of Kingfishers courting at Hartburn.  They were perched about twelve inches apart on an Alder tree washed down river in the recent high water near the grotto.  One was repeatedly bobbing and flicking its tail up but its mate was unimpressed.  This was the first time I have seen a pair together.

No further sign of the Yellow Wagtails we saw between Angerton and Bolam, which we saw last week.

Richard Cansdale

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A Great White Egret was at Swallow Pond this evening. The Common Terns didn’t like it one bit!

M.P.Frankis 

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A Quail was heard but not seen, on Holy Island by no.7 marker on Nature Reserve trail.

Maureen Tindall

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A Great White Egret visiting Druridge this week.

Tim Cleeves 

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A shot of an unexpected Whooper Swan on Killingworth Lake tonight.

Andy Richeard

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Arctic Skua on the Wansbeck Estuary + 40 Common Scoter flew north.

Paul Massey

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Sedge Warblers are still going strong along the Northumberland coast just now.

Tom Cadwallender

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In the calm evening air I heard a Cuckoo calling in the distance. Approximate location Grid NY846564.

Gordon Whitfiled

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Had a glimpse of a Yellow Wagtail close to the road between Angerton Station and Bolam Lake on Sunday 11th, but on Monday afternoon there were at least two or three  in same area, one of which perched on the barbed wire fence beside the road and remained there as we stopped alongside it.  In the sun the yellow showed up brilliantly.

Richard Cansdale

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Two of the three Little Gulls at Cresswell this afternoon.

Graham Sorrie

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A Little Stint was at Longhirst Flash, Northumberland. Nice looking bird but ‘heat haze’ was difficult.

Tom Cadwallender

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Quail heard briefly at Bellasis Bridge 1440 hrs.

Steve Holliday

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12 hours of birding around SE Northumberland produced very little today: Grasshopper Warbler, Water Rail & Reed Warblers.

Paul Massey 

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There were two Little Gulls on the spit possibly 2nd Year birds but one with full hood.

Neil Cairns

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Beautiful Harthope Valley a.m. – Ring Ouzel a bit distant, Oystercatcher having a read of the signage and plenty Harthope Chickens.

Paul Massey 

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A Great Crested Grebe from Druridge Pools today. I fell in love with this species of Grebe in ’87 and I have loved them ever since!

There must have been lots of fish, as this Grebe was feasting; it caught over three fish in only 10 mins!

One of the fish was a little big, and took a little effort to swallow it! but with lots of drinks of water and some effort it all went in!

Paul Buskin

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Druridge Pools – Budge Screen Hide
There was a pair of Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwit’s, Shoveler, 2 Little Egret’s, Grey Heron and Canada and Greylag Geese.

Druridge Pools
There was Pochard, Swallow, White Wagtail, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe and Mute Swan.  In the  fields north of the pools, perhaps unusually a single Whooper Swan was present associating with small herd of Mute Swan.

East Chevington
There was Cormorant, Teal, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Back-headed gull, Lesser-Black backed Gull, Curlew, Stonechat, Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Sylark, Mallard, Grey Partridge, Reed Bunting, tern sp. unknown

Cresswell Pond
Greylag, Canada Geese, Shelduck pair (with young x 4),  2 Sandwich Tern

M Hardesty

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Phone-scoped Glaucous Gull at Monks House Pool (Northumberland).

Paul Massey

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The Red-necked Phalarope showed briefly at Grindon Lough tonight at 19:15, but difficult on near (south) edge.

Jack Bucknall

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A Temminck’s Stint was at Castle Island on Saturday afternoon.  The bird was still present for many to enjoy, on the Sunday.

Johnathan Farooqi

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I got the chance to go birding again this Saturday.  I considered going for the Red-necked Phalarope, which had been found again at Grindon Lough, however after last year’s two dips, and the previous years, poor distance views after three hours in the rain I was not mega keen to be honest.  Been a while since I’d been that wet!   This decision, was wise in the end, as the whole day contained constant rain showers, which were often heavy.

Instead, I found myself yet again at Druridge Pools, which is looking great for birds now.  There had been a Temminck’s Stint  earlier in the week, so I was busy searching through the waders.  Yellow Wagtails were again a highlight, with at least five present today; three of which came close to the south hide, as two males were fighting over a female.  They must have liked her lots, as they were putting lots of effort into it.

On the larger lake, a selection of birds, came close to the hide, spying me as they went past in pairs.  First was a pair of Great Crested Grebes, followed by two Little Grebes, two Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mallards and a pair of Shoveler.

Paul Buskin

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