• A Teal from Howdon Wetlands by Jack Bucknall
  • A Pacific Diver at Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park in January 2017 by Paul Buskin
  • A Siberian Accentor at Newbiggin in October 2016 by Alan Jack
  • An Isabelline Wheatear at Holy Island in October 2016 by Tim Sexton
  • A Shorelark at Blyth in October 2015 by David Dinsley
  • An Eider from Seahouses by Adriana Buskin
  • A Jack Snipe from Beadnell by Mark Eaton
  • A Redwing from the Wallsend Parks by Paul Buskin
  • An Iceland Gull by Alan Curry
  • Whooper Swans by Chris Barlow
  • A Lapland Bunting from St Mary's by Paul Buskin
  • Sanderlings from St Mary's by Alan Jack
  • A Waxwing from Ashington by Paul Buskin
  • A Brent Goose by Alan Curry
  • A Barnacle Goose by Adriana Buskin
  • A Curlew by Alan Jack
  • Bar-tailed Godwits from St Mary's by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow

Sightings

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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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A Slavonian Grebe was at Wallsend Swallow Pond today (per MSH).

Chris Knox

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I was reading the recent reports relating to three Goosanders at Leazes Park in Newcastle and it reminded me of my own sightings in Northumberland. I am lucky enough to see them quite often at either Bolam Lake, on the River in Morpeth (where there has been a very tame drake this winter) and also in the spring here on the Hart Burn near Bolam Lake.

Goosander mothers can communicate with the ducklings and can tell them either not to move a feather, or, when necessary to get well out of there.  Once I watched a dozen ducklings, totally motionless, drifting round and round in an eddy in shadow of an overhanging tree, with their pale flecks blending in perfectly with natural foam bubbles on the water’s surface.  The mother had seen me but hoped I hadn’t seen the family!   A few days later when I saw them next she knew I had seen them and using grunts she told the youngsters to leg it. The speed they scuttled off upstream was incredible.

Several times I have seen Goosanders fishing.  In Calgary, Canada, we once watched a flock of a dozen fishing together.  We were on   a bridge over the river above them and their co-ordination was remarkable. Every now and again one bird would be lucky.  I also saw this on the river Coquet in Warkworth, but there were only four or five birds.  I have only once   watched our pair fishing together here in Hartburn, but when I did, what was memorable was a Heron which was keeping station just upstream of them.  Each time they disturbed a trout, the Heron tried to get it. I don’t think it was successful, but it was quite enterprising and entertaining.

Incidentally, there are often two or three dabchicks (Little Grebe) on the Wansbeck in Morpeth near the Oldgate Bridge. A few weeks ago I could see by the ripples one was just alongside the bank, so I approached slowly and looked over the wall.  It was within touching distance.  When it saw me it dived but I had a great view of it swimming off underwater.

Other birds of interest I have recorded recently involved a flock of 30 Waxwings in the village a few weeks ago, and I had a nice view of a Kingfisher on the Hart.

Richard Cansdale

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An Adult Iceland Gull  was back at Wallsend Swallow Pond  at 14.00 today.

Chris Knox

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The Pacific Diver was at East Chevington North Pool this morning.  Other birds present included Slavonian Grebe, 11 Scaup, Kingfisher, 4 Pochard and Water Rail.

Jonathan Farooqi

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I started at St. Mary’s checking the wetland which only provided Gadwall out of the ordinary, so I went up to check the standing stone field at Old Hartley and to my surprise, found a stunning drake Pintail with 8 Mallards, albeit briefly when they all flew East towards St. Mary’s, and ended up on the wetland. I got some digiscoped shots in poor light, but what a stunner.

I then went on to Killingworth Lake where I had 35 Pochard (27 drakes, 8 ducks) which is by far my highest of the winter. Also 3 Great Crested Grebes, Oystercatcher and 30+ Goldeneye, mainly drakes.

I finished at Howdon Wetlands with 250 Teal (some showing very well close to the hide), 5 Black-tailed Godwits and 10 Stock Doves around the feeders.

Jack Bucknall

 

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This Pomarine Skua went over the  beach at Boulmer, going north. It came pretty close.

Mark Eaton

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Snowy Harthope Valley, Northumberland. A bit bleak but Dipper in territory, Woodcock & Siskin brightened the day.

Tom Cadwallender

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There were 75 Waxwings (68 in the photo) in trees by the coast road at the Benfield Junction this morning (Newcastle).

Jonathan Farooqi

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Yellowhammers & Reed buntings starting to show on a bleak day at the Aln Estuary in Northumberland.

Tom Cadwallender

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A Juv Glaucous Gull was  off Blyth on Seaton Sea Rocks until 0945 then flew out to sea.

Tom Lowe

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At Killingworth Lake today there were displaying Great Crested Grebes and Goldeneye, Pochard, Goosander and Gadwall,

There was also a White Fronted Goose on the field behind the  small lake with Canada Geese and a possible Scaup.

Notso

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A Kingfisher has been very showy at Wallsend Swallow Pond for the last 3 days.

Chris Knox 

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Curlew  conspicuous on the Aln Estuary Northumberland @WeBS_UK today with big numbers of Wigeon and Teal.

Tom Cadwallender 

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A stubble field by Swallow Ponds today had Grey Partridges, Stock Doves, Linnets and Fieldfares in good number.

Notso

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The Quay continues to hold excellent numbers of white winged gulls in the best winter here for them for many years, with up to 5 juvenile Glaucous Gulls and 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls present as the fishing boats came in on the afternoon of the 6th. Close views can be had as the birds squabble for fish offal thrown overboard.

A.S.Jack

 

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Started the day off at Borough Woods in Morpeth in the hope of seeing Marsh Tit, and was not disappointed with a male singing as soon as I got out the car next to the bridge. Also seen throughout the woods were 3 Jay, 3 Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker amongst other woodland regulars.

I then went on to Northumberlandia in the hope of Brambling, and again was not disappointed with 20+ around the feeders by the car park. The female Scaup was also still showing well with 7 Tufted Ducks.

Jack Bucknall

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From time to time, Leazes Park in the centre of Newcastle is visited by a member of the Sawbill family; a Goosander. I love Goosanders and I always make an effort to watch them, if I know they are around.

I easily find them in our County; in Hexham, Killingworth Lake and at Amble and Holy Island; especially in the winter. Last month a Goosander was also reported in Jesmond Dene and last year in Richard Dees Park in Wallsend. I also record them some winters, on the River Tyne in Riverside Country Park in Walker.

 

Like Grey Herons, they do not often visit Leazes Park much. I have recorded them there regularly most winters, coming for a visit. Usually I only note one, but today there were three; one male and two females.

 

 

The whole time I was there all three birds kept together and they seemed to particularly enjoy the areas to the right of the lake, beyond the wooden barrier.

Nearby Mallards were busy fighting over females and Mute Swans were chasing off other males, with their mighty displays.

Redwings were out and about in small groups, whilst Greenfinches and Chaffinches could be heard calling.  No Song Thrush today.

Over twenty Tufted Duck were on the lake with Mallards and half a dozen Coot.  Plenty Gulls around, which are always worth checking through.  Time for another Laughing or Ring-billed Gull maybe… wishful thinking…  but I have a feeling this majestic park in the city centre, will reveal another rarity over the coming years.  Fingers crossed!

Paul Buskin 

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There was an Adult Iceland Gull again at Wallsend Swallow Pond, Rising Sun Country Park today.

Chris Knox

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There was a 3W type Glaucous Gull at Widdrington Moor Lake.  There was also a Little Egret.

Jonathan Farooqi

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A calm, sunny morning found me at Holy Island causeway as the tide began to recede. Many waders fed on the newly exposed mud, allowing the chance for some photography.

On to the island, and at Chare Ends the air was full of the sound of singing Skylarks as the settled weather encouraged some courtship activity among some 40-50 birds in the area.

The relatively mild winter has allowed larks to remain in good numbers in the county. Great to hear them again after six months of quiet.

A pair of Stonechats flitted ahead of me as I walked around to the north end of Straight Lonnen and 30 or so Linnets perched on bush tops.

A Merlin sat preening on a stone wall in the distance and 20 Roe deer grazed nearby. Back at the mudflats near Chare Ends, a large flock of Pale Bellied Brent Geese flew past, calling and perhaps 600-700 Knot rested out on the mud.

Lesser numbers of Bar Tailed Godwits, Dunlin, Curlew and Golden Plover fed here.

On down to Seahouses, where among the harbour Eiders was a female struggling with the fishing line entangled around her neck. No doubt , sadly a slow death awaits ! Finally down at East Chevington, and another chance to see the Pacific Diver on the North Pool, where several Scaup could be found too. At the burnmouth here, the obliging Twite flock remained, 65 birds today and a brief sighting of the wintering seven Shorelarks as the many dog-walkers kept them on the move.

A.S.Jack

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