Thursday, 4 June 2015


A lack of shrikes at Whitburn this morning, but a Blue-headed Wagtail flew north over the Shearwater estate. A pair of Greenfinch showed well in the sun.


A lunchtime trip to Muggleswick proved successful with Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Cuckoo. A male Redstart was by the hide at Derwent Reservoir.

Male Pied Flycatcher
Female Pied Flycatcher
Burdon Moor was quiet with just a couple of Large Red Damsel and an Orange Tip.

Orange Tip
The first warm, still night meant a trip up to Slaley for Nightjar. While waiting we were entertained by a pair of Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Siskin, drumming Snipe and umpteen roding Woodcock.
The Nightjar put on an excellent display, wing-clapping and churring at close range. At least 3 churring males were present. Just after leaving a Barn Owl flew over the road.

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