Thursday, 7 August 2014

Stilt Again

Determined to get a photo of the Stilt Sandpiper I sat for a couple of hours on the causeway at Cresswell. The bird never came as close as I hoped, but at least you can see what it is.

Stilt Sandpiper

Also here were 6 Ruff, 2 Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Yellow Wagtail plus fly-over Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.

Ruff and Dunlin
At Druridge main pool there was 3 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper and 1 Common Sandpiper. Loads of butterflies in the sheltered areas.

Common Sandpiper
Meadow Brown
Red Admiral
Back in Gateshead at Kibblesworth there were loads of Common Darter, but reduced numbers of damsels and just 2 Emperors, including 1 ovipositing.

Emerald Damsel
Common Darter
At Burdon Moor lots of Peacock, Wall and Speckled Wood, but little else.

Lamesley had a bit more water and a Common Sandpiper.

At Shibdon the first Greenshank of the year dropped in and a Spotted Redshank was calling, but couldn't be picked up in flight. The Ruff was in residence.

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