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Monday, 30 September 2013

Another nice garden bird

Whickham - Continuing with good garden ticks. One observer had an adult Mediterranean Gull drift over Ancaster Road. Presumably its the bird that's been regularly visiting Shibdon.


Cowen Road, Blaydon - Single Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, and Blackcap. Also Speckled Wood butterfly.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday 28th September 2013

Greenside- - Flock of 150+ Chaffinch

Dryden Road, Saltwell - 1 Chiffchaff and nearby a Sparrowhawk caught a young Pigeon
Cowen Road, Blaydon - 1 Chiffchaff
Shibdon Pond - 1 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Greenshank

Comma at Dunston vicarage [Rev. David  Atkinson]

Wednesday 25th September 

Shibdon Pond - Still 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank

Tuesday 24th September 

Lamesley Water Meadows - 1 Black-tailed Godwit

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Garden tick

Yesterday, 23rd September
Winlaton  - A single Greenshank flew over calling just before 6pm,  a  nice garden tick for one lucky observer.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Shibdon Pond - 2 Greenshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and a Dunlin
Lamesley Water Meadows - 4 Black-tailed Godwit.
Burdon Moor area - Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk with 2 Gadwall on a small pond. Also Swallow, House Martins and a few Willow Warbler.
Near Marley Hill - Red-legged Partridge and Grey Partridge
Cowen Road, Blaydon - 1 Red Kite over yesterday
 Dunston - 2 Large and 1 Small White, 3 Peacock and a single Small Tortoiseshell all in the vicarage garden

Small Tortoiseshell at Dunston [Rev. David Atkinson]

Saturday, 21 September 2013


Shibdon Pond -   2 Greenshank

Yesterday (20th September)

Shibdon Pond - 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 4 Shoveler and 1 Mediterranean Gull

Black-tailed Godwits at Shibdon [Rob Stonehouse]

Mediterranean Gull at Shibdon [Rob Stonehouse]

Burdon Moor - 1 Little Owl and 1 Snipe.
Marley Hill - 3 Red Kite
Blaydon - Chiffchaff (singing on occasion) in a garden in Cowen road

15th Sept
Shibdon Pond - 8 Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (catching fish), Ruff, Common Snipe, Redshank, Lapwing and Mediterranean Gull

It's been reported that the flock of 13 Black-tailed Godwits on 13th September consisted 12 Black-tailed & 1 Bar-tailed Godwit

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Mainly Chiffchaffs


Ryton - Single Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff in one observer's garden.
Low Fell - Single Chiffchaffs in a garden and at Saltwell Park

12 Sept
Cowen Road, Blaydon - 2 or 3 Chiffchaff
Shibdon Pond - 4 Black-tailed Godwits, three subsequently left flying off west, 4 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 120+Lapwing, 100+Redshank, Common Snipe and  Kingfisher , Also Migrant Hawker.

Migrant Hawker at Shibdon [George Simpson]

Shibdon Pond - 13 Black-tailed Godwits on the 13TH, Greenshank, Ruff, Redshank, Common Snipe, Lapwing and Shoveler

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Yesterday and last weekend - a bit late I know

Yesterday (9th September)

Shibdon Pond - Ruff, Greenshank,Black-tailed Godwit and 6 Shoveler

Black-tailed Godwit at Shibdon [Paul Davidson]

Last weekend 

Tanfield Railway - Red Kite and Common Buzzard  
Burdon Moor - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 100 Lapwing
Marley Hill - 1 Green Woodpecker 
Cowen Road, Blaydon - Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler in a tit flock, plus Speckled Wood
HaggHill, Derwent valley - 5 Common Buzzard
Kibblesworth brickworks Pool - Black Darters showed well

A tatty Speckled Wood at Blaydon [Peter Harvey]

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Shibdon still has stuff

Yesterday 6th

Shibdon Pond - 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and an adult winter Mediterranean Gull.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Godwit invasion

Shibdon Pond  12 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Greenshank, 1 Ruff, 20+ Snipe, 20+ Redshank, 20+ Lapwing and 2 Red eared terrapin
Lamesley Water Meadows - 3 Black-tailed Godwit,  1 Green sandpiper, 20+ Snipe, 10+ Redshank, 20+ Lapwing

3 of the Black-tailed Godwits at Shibdon [Steven Fryer]

Yesterday (3rd)

Shibdon Pond - Snipe  Ruff , Greenshank , Redshank , Lapwings and a Common Buzzard

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Return Passage

Winlaton Mill - Large movement of swallows and house martins plus 3 swift south  this am.
Shibdon Pond - 1 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and 2 Green Sandpiper
Lamesley Water Meadows - Single Green Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit

Late News Friday
Shibdon Pond - 2 Ruff, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 2 Water Rail.
Burdon Moor - 1 Little Owl, 1 Common Lizard and good numbers of Wall and Speckled Wood.

Common Lizard at Burdon Moor [Rob Stonehouse]

Speckled Wood at Burdon Moor [Rob Stonehouse]

Far Pasture NR - 1 Kingfisher.
Metrocentre - Probable Crane heading north west from Metro Centre at 5pm.