16 Whooper Swans overhead at Great Mell Fell
Visit Little Salkeld area, really enjoyed it, I will be back. Highlights, 30+ Golden Plover, 35+ Tree Sparrow, and a Red Squirrel.
Tawny Owl calling at 07:15 just outside of campus window.
2 Bullfinch at Gilwilly Pond
200+ Siskin Greystoke Forest
Walked the campus fields, 4 singing Yellowhammers, 2 Pair Grey Partridge, and 2 Brown Hare.
Had a trip to Haweswater with Ewan the Geltsdale Wildlife Warrior, weather was like pea soup. Birds of note, 2 Great Crested Grebe, Dipper, 1 Female Goosesander, 1 Drake Goldeneye.
Female Sparrowhawk flew past campus kitchen window with Blackbird sized prey.
6 singing Yellowhammer at Backworth
9 Lesser Black Backed Gull at Cramlington
Went to Holywell highlight of a Female Goosesander
Walk down Holywell Dene, highlight a pair of Grey Wagtail
Chiff Chaff seen in hedgerow on carboot
6 Yellowhammer singing again at Backworth
8 singing Yellowhammer and 2 Grey partridge at Backworth
1 Singing Chiff Chaff Brierdene
3 Chiff Chaff singing at Stocksfield
Spent a day with Brian the Killy Birder, check his blog for a write up with pictures :). Was a good day.
Also report of WT Eagle got me down to Preswick car but too late missed it.
Met Phil the Crammy Birder at 10:30, first stop Preswick Carr, after 5-10 minutes we picked up WT Eagle over Plantation by Mayfair House being mobbed by Buzzards. It flew overhead at about 30 metres and looked down upon us, it was amazing, such a huge bird. We watched it for 10-15 minutes before it moved off over towards Dobbies. (will get the record shot up tomorrow)
We continued on to pick the Common Crane up at Eshott, opposite Shaw Farm.
This morning I was up at Harwood with my dad and a mate. No sign Great Grey Shrike, but plenty Crossbills.
The blog will be back to normal from now.