Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Stilt Sand

Cresswell this morning was not looking too promising. Scanning from the causeway Dunlin numbers were down on my last visit, with 2 Knot and 1 Ruff, but no sign of the Curlew Sandpiper. Stood chatting about yesterday's good fortune and the news came through that a Stilt Sandpiper was showing from the hide. A quick dash and the bird was on show on the sand bar, a cracking barred adult. The waders all lifted before I could get a photo and settled on the spit. It gave good scope views as it fed, but a bit far for a photo. The following crap photo is a heavily cropped phone shot, hand held through the scope.

Can you see what it is yet?
A look at Castle Island failed to turn up the pratincole, but there was a Greenshank and a Green Sandpiper.

At Shibdon there were 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Ruff and 6 Shoveler. One of the Godwits was colour ringed in Iceland and hopefully more information will follow.

Black-tailed Godwit
A Cormorant caught and struggled to swallow a large Flounder. The first Flounder that I have seen here for years. Small ones used to come in through the sluice, but never as big as this one.

Cormorant with Flounder


  1. Any more spotted flycatchers seen in the area?

    1. None in Gateshead, but a few should move through in August.

  2. Amazing capturea and blog here! I initially noticed your "Cormorant vs Flatfish" shot. That looks like a huge fish staring down its captor's (long/skinny neck!) throat!

    So the cormorant was really able to win the battle and gulp down that huge fish okay?? Does the prey put up a good fight, if eaten, does the unlucky fish get swallowed wriggling/alive all the way as well?!