Monday, 25 February 2008
Got some news back on my colour ringed black-headed gull from Amble, it's been there before, virtually an annual (must be the chips form the harbour chippy!!). here is the data:
White ring with black J72J Ringing Centre Stavanger Ringnumber 6142906 Ringer Kjetil A. Solbakken
Species Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) Sex X Age 3cy+ Date 05.04.2005
Place Nidarø, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, NORWAY Coordinates 63.26 N - 10.24 E
Date Locality Coordinates Finder No of days Remarks
03.01.2006 Amble, , Northumberland, ENGLAND 55.51 N - 01.30 W Neil Renwick 273 Harbour
13.02.2006 Amble, , Northumberland, ENGLAND 55.51 N - 01.30 W Ian Davidson 314 Harbour
Nothing on the herring gull yet.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Kes in silhouette
Some more signs of spring today, alder catkins and a hawthorn in leaf in the wood..Not much else to report, the pair of kestrels are still hanging about and the National Trust volunteers have done a block of coppicing by the path to the Oddie hide which looks very good, we plan to go and do some more with them tomorrow to improve our chances of catching more birds this autumn!
Thursday, 21 February 2008
I had lunch at Amble Harbour today, no meds or glaucs, did have two colour ringed birds through a BHG, with a metal ring and white ring with black letterin 'J72J' and a herring gull with a dark blue ring with white lettering 'J3LJ'. I checked the colour ringing website but no projects match - any ideas?
Sunday, 17 February 2008
My spellchecker isn't working on blogger so apologies for any typo's.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
RAF BoulmerCalled at Dru on the way home, my oats have now attracted 16 skylark, 20 goldfinch, a linnet and a pied wag......still no snow bunts though. Brian Bulloughs gave me a near heart-attack saying he had heard there was drake smew reported from the pools (later found out it was at DBCP), that would have been MEGA, it's donkeys since I saw a drake smew in Northumberland.
Not much else to report, still plenty of RTDs offshore...I did have the druridge version of oxpecker though, this magpie was eating from the ears of this cow for at least 5 minutes, the cow didn't seem to mind...odd!
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Coltsfoot on the bundOnly three species of duck on the wet meadows, teal (128), wigeon (24) and shoveler (15). The pool was v.quiet.
Kestrel on a post though the heat-haze (heat-haze in February!!!)
The sea was like a mill pond, which makes judging size really weird, unless there are boats n stuff around, the sea kinda merges with the sky....odd! Anyhoo there were at least 22 red-throats, 20 shag, razorbill, guillie, 4 merganisers and 13 shelduck. About 33 sanderling were on the shore amongst the more numerous fisherman, I think it was the Newbiggin open or something...?
two of the RTD's (top) and a string of shelduck
meadow pipit 71
There has been some stunning sunrises and sunsets, even the hell-hole that is County Hall looks nice in this shot!
County Hall and the sunset from the car park on Thursday night, it looks nice but believe me, you wouldn't want to work there!
Friday, 8 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
The goldfinch flock numbered about 120 with 10 greenies, there were about 200 golden plover and 300 lapwing on the fields, they were being spooked, but I couldn't spot any raptors....
Oh and NWT have been working on the little hide..
A new floor going into the little hide...will it be ready for spring?
Check out this new blog, dedicated to the whole birding scene in the region http://birdneast.blogspot.com/ it looks really good and I am sure it will be popular and if you can't be arsed to create your own blog, you could always post something on this one...
I'm off to find "where to watch birds in Spain....."