Monday, 21 July 2014

Standard Fare

An early look up the coast started at Lynemouth Flash where there was 1 Knot, 1 Common Sandpiper and 12 Dunlin.

Knot and Dunlin
A bit more variety at Cresswell than of late with 1 Spoonbill, 1 Little Egret, 1 Ruff, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Knot, 5 Avocet, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 17 Dunlin and 1 Sparrowhawk.

At Druridge there were no Spoonbill for the first time in ages, but 2 Little Egret dropped in. A Barn Owl sat on a distant fence post. The Budge field looks great for waders, but with all the vegetation it is impossible to see everything. At least 3 Yellow Wagtail did show briefly.

Kibblesworth brick works was a bit quiet today, warm, but a bit cloudy. There were 4 Emperor, 2 Four-spotted Chaser, 2 Common Hawker, loads of Common Darter, plus plenty of Azure and Common Blue Damselfly. A couple of Purple Hairstreak danced around the oak tops.

Azure Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
A detour to Lowfell for a reported Scarce Tortoiseshell failed to even find where it was supposed to be.

Far Pasture gave great close views of a Kingfisher, Jay and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.


Thornley Woods gave plenty of Large Red Damselfly, but no dragonflies.

Large Red Damselfly
A late look around Gateshead gave 2 Ringed Plover at Timber Beach and a Common Sandpiper at Shibdon.

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