Saturday, 19 April 2014


A dash around Gateshead tonight under a brilliant blue sky. Birtley reed beds first failed to give the Sedge and Reed Warblers or the Lesser Whitethroats that Mike had had when I was working this morning. A couple of Water Rail were calling and there were several butterfly with Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma.

Small Tortoiseshell
It was all going on at Lamesley at the normally quiet oak tree end. 2 Yellow and 3 White Wagtail on the far side and 2 Green Sandpiper feeding on the near bank.

Yellow Wagtail and Sand Martin
Green Sandpiper
At  Burdon Moor most of the Wheatear have moved through with just 2 on the top field. Plenty of Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Curlew and a Red-legged Partridge.

Meadow Pipit
A Grasshopper Warbler was reeling on and off at Far Pasture and showed briefly.