Sunday, 6 November 2016

Still 'Ere

Still birding, still focusing on the patch and still doing a bit of twitching if a Lifer appears. So far this year I've added: Penduline Tit 22/03/2016 Saltholme / Citrine Wagtail 10/05/2016 Seaton Common / Whiskered Tern 10/05/2016 Saltholme / Franklin's Gull 17/09/2016 Whittle Dene Reservoirs / White's Thrush 05/10/2016 Holy Island / Sibe. Accentor 17/10/2016 Hendon / Pied Wheatear 30/10/2016 Redcar.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Nice Tickle

Still seeking Cram-bodia's first Wheatear and a daily tour of the usual places has so far yielded not a one. BUT a nice surprise yesterday evening produced a pair of Red-legged Partridge at the East Cramlington NR here

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

It's All About The Punctuation

'Fancy a trip to Saltholme, Dearest? Penduline Tits!' yielded a 'You just go.' 'Fancy a trip to Saltholme, Dearest Penduline Tits?' would have provoked a slap, I'd vouch. Anyway, been, seen, ticked. And what crackin' wee birds they are.

Thursday, 25 February 2016


This wee cracker appeared on Horton Burn a few days ago, just when we thought the environmental mis-management by those charged with looking after the burn and its environs had prompted a no-show for 2016. Today, he was not near the old Fire Station but just downstream of the Bog Houses bridge. A bit of creeping about so as not to disturb him and one shot worthy of his stunning looks from a batch of ten.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Final Score: Saltholme Pendulines 2 - 0 Liverbirder

Following in the failing form of my home football team, two away legs at RSPB Saltholme drew two blanks (Friday and today). What's Latin for I came (twice), I saw (nowt), I (was) conquered?