Thursday, 4 September 2014

No Migrants

Light south-easterlies aren't the best conditions for seawatching, but a bit was moving and it got me out of bed.


Turnstone    2n  3s
Common Tern    2n  11s
Shelduck    1n  1s
Teal    238n  4s
Shag    3s  1n
Redshank    19n  16s
Sandwich Tern     2n
Wigeon    32n
Curlew    3n
Red-throated Diver    1n
Knot    3n
Common Scoter    34n
Golden Plover    22s
Meadow Pipit    1s

The rest of the morning was spent searching for migrants. Very little was seen with 1 Whitethroat and 1 Willow Warbler at the Leas and 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler at Marsden Hall.

Back in Gateshead the day's lack of birds continued. The highlights at Burdon Moor were 2 Common Lizards and a Painted Lady. My Dad and I bumped into the Dragonhunter at Far Pasture where he showed us some Southern and Migrant Hawkers.

The Pectoral Sandpiper seems to have gone from Shibdon, with no sign since late morning. The 2 Ruff are the only remaining scarce waders.

Painted Lady
Common Lizard


  1. Hi Rob, I've looked for Common Lizards at Burdon a few times without success - where's a good spot?

    1. Not easy to see and my first for a couple of years. Any bare ground that is sheltered from the wind on a sunny day has a chance. I've checked almost every day this summer, so I think they are pretty scarce.